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Old 10-15-2009, 08:43 AM   #226
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This thread hs been great and it has inspired me to jump into the chllenge.

I'm on the look-out for a cheap bike that is mechanically sound (or that I can fix up with my limited skill set), but has some cosmetic issues. I want something that I can use to build a rat/survival bike. I probably won't ride it that much, but will use it as a back-up if my GS is in the shop or when I want to rile up any "up-scale" neighbors.

I'm looking at three early 80's Hondas, 2 of which are listed in flea market section. I would like to get some thoughts as to which of these would be my best bet mechanically:

1) 1983 CB1100F with 30k that runs rough, but has been sitting for the last 10 years - $1500

2) 1980 CB750F with 21K that is still being ridden - $1200

3) 1983 VFR750 with 28K that runs well, but is 800 miles away - $1050 (including new tires).

They all look to be in pretty good shape for 26+ year old bikes. But as I mentioned, the cosmetic aspects are not that important.

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Old 10-15-2009, 09:04 AM   #227
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1974 CB550 $1200
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Old 10-15-2009, 09:06 AM   #228
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This thread hs been great and it has inspired me to jump into the chllenge.

I'm on the look-out for a cheap bike that is mechanically sound (or that I can fix up with my limited skill set), but has some cosmetic issues. I want something that I can use to build a rat/survival bike. I probably won't ride it that much, but will use it as a back-up if my GS is in the shop or when I want to rile up any "up-scale" neighbors.

I'm looking at three early 80's Hondas, 2 of which are listed in flea market section. I would like to get some thoughts as to which of these would be my best bet mechanically:

1) 1983 CB1100F with 30k that runs rough, but has been sitting for the last 10 years - $1500

2) 1980 CB750F with 21K that is still being ridden - $1200

3) 1983 VFR750 with 28K that runs well, but is 800 miles away - $1050 (including new tires).

They all look to be in pretty good shape for 26+ year old bikes. But as I mentioned, the cosmetic aspects are not that important.

Mike
VFR hands down. You drive 800 miles only once and you have bike for years. Get VFR and you won't regret it.
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Old 10-15-2009, 10:15 AM   #229
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You could by my XS650 for $1500. It is going up for sale.
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Old 10-15-2009, 03:49 PM   #230
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You could by my XS650 for $1500. It is going up for sale.
A '76 XS650 was my first bike (back in '78). I'm not looking at cruisers (yet). Besides, you ain't that close either.
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:39 PM   #231
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Nah. Go for #2. It's still being ridden, so that will work with your "limited skill set" so you can concentrate on the artistic side of your twisted vision. And it's the most common bike of the three (cheaper parts).
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Old 10-15-2009, 09:19 PM   #232
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I say go for an '83 CB1100F, but find one in better shape.
I've had VFR's and yeah, they're special and all that....blah, blah, blah...

The CB1100F is a one year only bike, a homologation 'special' that will only increase in value, and is a very fun ride considering it's vintage.

I came very close to buying one here in Denver last month - a white/red with 24k and a good strong runner, pretty cosmetically clean. It needed a starter clutch, but started 2/3 the time with no trouble. At $2000 it was probably not a bad deal, but I found the GS for a lot less, in better shape.
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Old 10-16-2009, 08:40 AM   #233
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I just picked up this from a college kid who was hurting for cash. 04 Triumph America 16k miles for $1400 bucks.

Someone had backed into it so the front fender was trashed, one of the fork covers was dented and it lived most it's life outdoors.

Took her home, washed, waxed, e-bay Speedmaster fender and oil change. Here we have a solid daily rider. I still need to do fork oil, lube bearings and check the valves but overall I am pretty happy with the bike.

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Old 10-16-2009, 08:48 AM   #234
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I just picked up this from a college kid who was hurting for cash. 04 Triumph America 16k miles for $1400 bucks.
Wow. That is a steal. That kid was an idiot -- luckily for you!

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Old 10-16-2009, 10:38 AM   #235
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I picked this '01 Suzuki Marauder up for $1500. The pic is before & after.

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Old 10-16-2009, 10:57 AM   #236
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Wow. That is a steal. That kid was an idiot -- luckily for you!

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My guess is he couldn't sell it to joe public because it looked like shit when I went to look at it.
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Old 10-16-2009, 07:34 PM   #237
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My guess is he couldn't sell it to joe public because it looked like shit when I went to look at it.
You know what they say - One man's trash is another man's "HOLY CRAP! What a steal!"
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Old 10-18-2009, 01:29 PM   #238
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Had to jump onto this thread. Below is my $400 94 ZXR400. I bought it from an ex-Navy girl. Motor was rebuilt before they dis-assembled and shipped from Japan in boxes on Uncle Sam's dime. Brand new Pilot Sport HPX on the back and very good tread Dunlop Sportmax on the front. So far I put a K&N air filter, oil change, turn signals and a Dunlop out back to match the front and migrated the HPX to my Ninja 650R. The front forks were lightly pitted so I am scrapping them for a 2004 636 front end with radial brakes. I keep finding loose and missing hardware as I go through it. Track day on the Oct 25th.... This may be a short lived beauty.

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Old 10-18-2009, 02:03 PM   #239
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I liked the lack of fairing look but i wanted to raise the bars towards me. that meant that all that crap up front had to go so today i ended up with this:


I swapped the clipons side to side to raise the bars, i made my headlight mount out of bone yard items including ktm kickstand, kdx sprocket and fzr mirror stalks. much tidier now! cheeeeeep fun, baby
Sounds familiar...

$500 in boxes:

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Old 10-20-2009, 10:49 AM   #240
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1983 VT500FT, 6500 miles...

Purchased for $500
Sold OEM rack $150, side covers $130, guage asm $80...
Bought new tires $100, Sportster headlight $30, bars $20, mini tach $50, batt $30...

So, yeah, I'm doin alright with it...

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