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Old 03-22-2013, 06:10 AM   #2041
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Seriously impressive
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:31 AM   #2042
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Very nice. I feel like a lot of the best deals are on trades rather than just straight up purchases.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:40 AM   #2043
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Congrats!! You have Triumphed well.

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Let's see if I can top my last contribution. I just did a trade for a pair of Triumphs.

Up first is a naked 2003 Sprint ST. Sucked down some bad gas and wasn't running when I brought it home:

I thoroughly cleaned the entire fuel system and installed a new battery. I ran it last night, no problemo.
But wait, there's more. It came with a brand new untouched set of Pilot Road 3 tires.
But wait, there's still more. It came with a 1998 T509 Speed Triple - some assembly required:

I spent the weekend drinking from the firehose of knowledge and ordered a metric shit ton of parts from ebay.

Cost to me was a trade for an AR-15 I built from parts I wasn't using. The MOST anyone could claim I spent for these bikes was $300
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:42 PM   #2044
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Got another cheapo bike:


Non-running china scooter my room-mate saw on craigslist for free. Less than 30 minutes after it was posted we were lifting it into the back of his SUV.

Apparently it's a 2008 JONWAY YY50QT-6 (which is confusing because the bodywork says SUNL SL50QT-7). Only 177 miles, sitting for a few years it looks like. I cleaned the carb, flushed the tank, lubed the cables and changed the oil and she runs like a champ! GY6 engine with 155psi compression, valves look great, no metal in the oil screen. The only real problem with this scooter is that somebody did a sweet duct-tape paintjob over some of the panels. I'm sure that looked really cool for about 2 weeks...

Between the 1 quart of oil and the 1/2 can of carb cleaner, I'm into this scoot for about $5.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:46 PM   #2045
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Well I've definitely been eclipsed by the chinese scooter find.

Took the first Triumph for a ride yesterday, then down to the practice parking lot where I let my sons and my friend ride it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdJTL5sVrXM

I could listen to the exhuast all day long.
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:26 PM   #2046
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:19 AM   #2047
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Got another cheapo bike:

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Between the 1 quart of oil and the 1/2 can of carb cleaner, I'm into this scoot for about $5.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:31 AM   #2048
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Bought this bike for $50 with a title. It had sat outside for a few years. Cleaned the tank (added a fuel filter), and the entire bike. Carb kits and sync'd them up (Thanks Brady @ RetroSpeed). New front tire. Took the brakes apart and cleaned them numerous times last year. Runs really well, put 6,000 miles on it. Here is what it currently looks like. I am going to have the calipers rebuilt (again Brady), valve cover gaskets and valves checked this spring. Really a fun bike to ride!
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:39 AM   #2049
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Custom, with the 10 spd transmission? LOVED mine, sure miss it. What size engine? Mine even had the same backrest. Now that I think about it, I paid less than $1500 so it fits here too... nowhere near as good a deal as yours though.

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Old 03-25-2013, 11:01 AM   #2050
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Custom, with the 10 spd transmission? LOVED mine, sure miss it. What size engine? Mine even had the same backrest. Now that I think about it, I paid less than $1500 so it fits here too... nowhere near as good a deal as yours though.

Yeah, mine is an '82 CB900 Custom. 10 speed, but I usually just keep it on the "HI" setting. Fun bikes! BTW, I run Iridium plugs in my old bikes. Really improves performamce.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:19 PM   #2051
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prepped and ready to slider it in, oh yeah!

so last august i bought a 73 cb350f project from an inmate here for $200, came with about $200 worth of parts, so not bad. full engine gasket and seals kit, chrome spokes/nipples for both wheels, (4) full carb rebuild kits, service manual on CD rom, etc. PO bought it as a project, but stalled out, next PO started to refresh a bit but stalled. along came i.

full refresh on each sub-assembly, too much (and too boring) to list here. sanded and painted the chassis, triples and headlight bucket with spray-bomb enamel. rolling chassis is now complete w/fresh Avon road riders and ready for power. yanked the engine from the parts bike (only 11.4K miles) for cleaning and pulled the engine cases for polishing. ready to install tonight!

next up: pull and clean the pan, pull and check/refresh the head and reinstall with new top end gaskets and valve guide seals, relocate the electrics, fab a seat, fab a battery box, exhaust.

have removed a ton (ok, about 27lbs so far) of weight, installed a set of dragbars, cb750 headlight, single instrument, no blinks.

bike really needed a tank, front fender and rear rim, so a few months ago i bought a nice $400 parts bike, and parted the rest. have sold $530 so far on sohc.net

a coupla pics









will have a total of $890 in the bike, less what i have sold (and will sell) off the parts bike.

haven't serviced the beemer yet, but i think they'll both be ready by riding season. maybe 6 weeks? hope so, and regards.
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:01 AM   #2052
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Very nice build project.
Wish I had the patience to tear my project down like you did.
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:05 PM   #2053
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Bought this bike for $280.00 working on the final price but looks like its going to be around $750 running titled driving
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:06 PM   #2054
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:36 PM   #2055
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Picked up this '96 DR350SE a couple weeks ago for $600. It has 6100 miles on it and I've put about $75 into it to rebuild the carb, and replace the busted turn signals and levers. It runs well, just have to set the valves, adjust the chain, and get it registered.



Eventually, I'll repaint it to get rid of the PO's horrible rattle-can job but I got it for use as a commuter that I won't feel bad about getting beat on a little, so the way it looks doesn't bother me too much.
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