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Old 11-23-2012, 06:03 PM   #1876
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1978 and 1981 TT500. Had. To pay $1,500 total for the pair and $1 for the beat up XR80 in the background. Suppose not too bad.

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Old 11-23-2012, 06:20 PM   #1877
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I bought this beaut for $50. 1980 xl500 from my uncle. Ran fine. titled. street legel.





Got this for free from my cousin. 1990 Beta Zero trials bike.



aaaaaaand got this from my brother for $100. 1985 Yamaha Ty350 trials bike.




I like when family members upgrade....... I get good deals!
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:34 PM   #1878
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Finally have time to sort out the $350.00 Suzuki GS.
The starter didn't work due to a fuse issue. Once a new fuse / connections cleaned up she turned right over. Gave it a tiny blast of ether to see if it would fire...it fired all right, back fired and lit the ether up everywhere. I blew into the airbox and the flames came right back into my face....nothing like burned up eye brows and mustache hairs.

So much for the excitement...damned rookie move...

Added some good gas and the bike ran although "gasping". Found that someone had pulled the carbs at some point and did not use clamps on the manifolds. Once clamps were installed, that healed the vacuum leak issues. Now it starts with a touch of the starter switch and runs very good. Pretty fast old bike.
The mufflers aren't correct and I found some odd fasteners and a couple broken cylinder head fins.
Spent some time / elbow grease cleaning it up. Looks pretty decent for an old beater, but it is a "20 footer".












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Old 11-27-2012, 09:31 PM   #1879
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That tank looks like it came off a GS850L.
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:27 AM   #1880
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Are scooters for the challenge allowed?

Bought this beauty for 290,- €, put in some used parts, I had in stock and bought some engine parts for about 60,- €, to rebuild the engine. Crankshaft was broken and the gearcross worn out. Found a good used crankshaft for 25,- € and took the used and still good gearcross from my sprint engine, which I rebuild last year with a new one.



It is a Vespa PX 80 E from 1982 with a 135cc DR Kit. Now it is my low budget daily rider.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:30 AM   #1881
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Got this 81 GL500 Interstate for $500 on a Craigs List ad. Guy was asking $850 or best offer. Was missing the Hondaline fairing. The poor thing would barely run on 1 cylinder. Found the main jets in one carb rolling around in the float bowl. Tires dated 1996 with nearly new tread depth so I figure it's been ridden about 2000 miles in the last 16 years.. 22000 miles on the odometer.

I had the Windjammer fairing already from another project so I made a mount. It did come with the top trunk. I've rebuilt the carbs, replaced regulator, replaced brake shoes and pads, rebuilt calipers, put in fork seals, seat cover, electrolyzed gas tank, owner put in a new battery. Waiting for a warm day to install the new tires.

Less than $1000 into it and it runs excellent. Looking forward to some touring next season.


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Old 11-28-2012, 04:22 AM   #1882
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Are scooters for the challenge allowed?

Bought this beauty for 290,- , put in some used parts, I had in stock and bought some engine parts for about 60,- , to rebuild the engine. Crankshaft was broken and the gearcross worn out. Found a good used crankshaft for 25,- and took the used an still good gearcross from my sprint engine, which I rebuild last year with a new one.





It is a Vespa PX 80 E from 1982 with a 135cc DR Kit. Now it is my low budget daily rider.

This thread never ceases to amaze me. Beautiful Vespa and the CX 500 is excellent. If you have some mechanical skills and time you can save a heap of cash and have a classic ride to boot.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:08 AM   #1883
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That tank looks like it came off a GS850L.
Could be. The rear mounts are a "home made" affair. I'm not very well schooled on Suzuki Tanks.
The mufflers are incorrect too. I think I have a "Frankenzuki" here.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:37 AM   #1884
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Here is what a stock GS850G looks like.



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Old 11-28-2012, 09:38 AM   #1885
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:42 AM   #1886
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Here is what a stock GS850G tank and mufflers looks like.




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Old 11-28-2012, 09:51 AM   #1887
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I can play in sub $1500 challenge. And keep up the Suzuki 850 theme as well!

Bought this GS850G three years ago for $1200. Since then it's been a great bike and took my cross country this past summer. Here it is in its regulation attire (not set up for touring)

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Old 11-28-2012, 10:41 AM   #1888
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:02 PM   #1889
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Here's my wife's CX500. Bought for $800. Promptly caught on fire due to degraded wiring harness, so insurance paid us $300, which was put into a new ignition box, stator and wiring harness. It got a back yard paint job and new fender from my box of spares. Is now considered the Best. Wedding. Present. Ever. by she who is to be listened to.

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I also paid $950 for my '79 XS 650, but I've put so much time, money, blood sweat and tears into that, I don't consider it cheap anymore.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:53 AM   #1890
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Just picked this up today for my winter project. Any/all advice/suggestions welcome as this is my first rebuild.

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