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Old 12-01-2009, 07:12 AM   #286
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I figured this would be a good place to ask because if you've bought a cheap bike and fixed her up you've probably come across this.

I recently bought a bike and the big front headlamp looks sort of yellowish to me. How do I clean it up and give it a fresher, more clear look?
Thanks!
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:40 AM   #287
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$500,from a fellow inmate.Yes its plated.I was the 4th inmate to own it,and just sold to another!Bike is a freak'n hammer!
This after about $300,and some sweat!
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:46 PM   #288
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Paid $1,500 for it in September 2003, still have it, took it for a 3,000 mile cross country trip in 05/2004.

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Old 12-01-2009, 09:41 PM   #289
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Nighthawk Rat

Bought a wrecked '97 Nighthawk 750 with boxes of original parts and two sets of tires for $500 in May of this year. That link is for my rebuild log.
Sorry I didn't get a "before" pic or two.

With about $300, piles of included parts, and a little time and elbow grease, I got it road ready quick - at least for me. Someone even gave me a little quarter fairing to top it off.

Here she is two months later at the beginning of a +1300 mile round trip to Big Bend / Presidio. Spur of the moment (relatively) ride to meet up with the Cack-herder himself Vermin in Presidio.......call it a ride-and-meet.




Had a blast. I've also taken her on a couple Pie Runs and just recently had her in Fort Worth for the week of Thanksgiving as my prefered mode of transport.

I wouldn't try to attach a current value to her.....she's a fun ride. If I get done at some point I'm sure the real-world value will be small. After my ratting I'd be lucky to get $300.
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:24 PM   #290
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I recently bought a bike and the big front headlamp looks sort of yellowish to me. How do I clean it up and give it a fresher, more clear look?
Thanks!
What kind of bike? Is the headlight glass or plastic?
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:37 PM   #291
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Nighthawk, glass headlamp.
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:10 PM   #292
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A few more.

1992 Honda 750 Nighthawk.
Paid $2100 in Phoenix, Az in 2007. Road it 4000 miles back to Florida. Sold it for $2050 with a worn-out set of tires when I got home.


1981 Yamaha XS650. Bought for $1400 in 2007. After a lot of work sold it for $4600 this summer.
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After:


1985 KDX200. Bought for $500 in the mid-90's. Sold for $750 several years later.


1978 DT175. Bought it last year for my wife for $650. Rebuilt the entire bike, bore job, piston and rings, probably put another $300 in it.
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After a lot of work, but not much money:


1992 Suzuki GSF400 Bandit. Bought in 2008 for $340. After a total rebuild, and about $1500:


1982 Yamaha XT550. Paid $1200 in 1987, still have it:


1989 Honda VTR250. Paid $1000 for it in January of this year. Went through the bike top-to-bottom, not much $$ though. Now it's her favorite.


I have a few more in the garage waiting on attention. I love getting old bikes and resurrecting them. It's my way of being 'green'.
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:33 PM   #293
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1989 Honda VTR250. Paid $1000 for it in January of this year. Went through the bike top-to-bottom, not much $$ though. Now it's her favorite.


I have a few more in the garage waiting on attention. I love getting old bikes and resurrecting them. It's my way of being 'green'.[/QUOTE]


Love em all, I had a VTR250 that I put 36,000 flawless miles on. Loved it. I resurrected a Hawk recently, love that one too. I would take a Bandit 400 in a heart beat. Nice bikes, great work
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:20 PM   #294
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Got this 81 SR500 for free. Put $300 into it including tags and title. At the time of this photo I also had added Avon Roadriders (I know, I wish I got dual sport tires now), bars off my 99 Speed Triple, the paint (flat black with primer grey stripes), I recovered the seat with a scrap of vinyl, and I put in rear brake shoes. It currently wants a chain and sprockets really bad, which I guess Ill do. But the crumpling chain sound has been helping mask the piston slap and exhaust leak...

Oh, Ive also lost both gauges, both sidecovers, a mirror, and a rear turn signal. It can off with the frame, and I never found either, so I just took off the other 3. Not even a $50,000 Bimota will work to make itself lighter WHILE you are riding it. Its a very handy feature.
This is a great bike. If I ever finish my RD400 cafe racer, the empty spot on the bench will be reserved to make this guy into a useable street tracker.

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Old 12-02-2009, 08:29 PM   #295
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I figured this would be a good place to ask because if you've bought a cheap bike and fixed her up you've probably come across this.

I recently bought a bike and the big front headlamp looks sort of yellowish to me. How do I clean it up and give it a fresher, more clear look?
Thanks!

If it's a glass lense then maybe it's dirty or has rusty residue on the inside. I suppose that if you can't take it apart, you can try pouring some CLR or some rust and scale remover inside, and swish it or let it sit a bit.

If it's on the outside of the lense then plain white toothpaste works pretty well.
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Old 12-03-2009, 01:07 AM   #296
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$1500! Too much

Back in the '80's, I was GIVEN a Yamaha SR500, [my second], had to pay for the first one! Way under $1500. Can't remember what I paid really.

Also in the 80's, bought Ducati Pantah 500 for $900 in bits. All there, so put it together & sold it for $4200! Couldn't wait to be rid of it, I was a Ducati Darmah owner & loved it.

No pic's unfortunately.

Current ride, Ducati ST2 2000 model, & yes I've owned other than than Duc's.

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Old 12-03-2009, 03:34 AM   #297
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Great finds and great work Motorcyclefanatic.
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Old 12-03-2009, 05:22 PM   #298
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This is my favorite thread, anywhere, ever.
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Old 12-04-2009, 03:31 AM   #299
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Yeh my favourite thread on ADVrider...some awesome bikes and some terrific restorations!!!!

I also have an 85 KDX200..great little bike.
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Old 12-04-2009, 04:31 PM   #300
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OK, YFFs, I'm in.

This stray followed me home today. (On my trailer.)





Picked it up off of Craig's List for a grand. 1991 K75S. Heck, the bags are worth $350 by themselves so I figure it's a pretty god deal.

Dead battery and hasn't been run in a year or two. I took a battery with me but it wouldn't start. I could hear the fuel pump though so it probably just needs the fuel system cleaned out and some fresher fuel injectors.

All in all, it's in pretty good shape with 42k on the clock. Been dropped at least once on each side but in the parking lot so there's just some minor scrapes on the engine covers and the fairing is solid. The seat is shot but I picked up a nice Corbin Dual Sport in October for $75.

I think it'll clean up quite nicely. I don't have room in the garage but it's supposed to be clear (and cold) this weekend. Plan to get it running, change the fluids and give it a spline lube. Hopefully I'll have a nice running K75S by Monday.
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