1978 bmw r100s sitting for five years

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by iriebelle, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    You should get a Clymers or a Haynes manual. All these subjects are covered in those manuals. Then we can explain to you what the manuals are saying because they aren't really the key either. It takes both to do a proper job most of the time. A manual and some on line help.
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  2. iriebelle

    iriebelle Adventurer

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    hey Y.F.F.. So a baby and a new career later I still haven't bought this bike. The guy says he wants $2000 for the bike. ya sure. guess what else the damn frame is bent. im thinking 500-1000. if your all still out there how does this sound? I think I would have a franken bike for sure.
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  3. disston

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    The numbers on the frame are the bike. The title is on the frame.

    $2000 for a bike with bent frame and bent fork seems like too much. Sometimes though what is happening is the guy getting the money is more important than the guy paying the money. If this is a charity deal I guess you could do it.

    You would have to find a good frame with a title or have the bent frame straightened. This can sometimes be done by somebody with the proper tool and experience for the job. Fixing a bent frame is not a DIY job and it can not be done by many of the professional mechanics around either. Or maybe I should say they don't want the job. The deal is I think that a well intentioned attempt may be made but it doesn't always work right. So you are not happy and the mechanic doesn't feel good about it either. The problem becomes finding somebody who has done this and is willing to do it again.
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  4. disston

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    Since we still haven't gotten into picture mode, tell us where, how much the frame is bent. You are not talking about an alignment of the front to the rear wheel, are you?
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  5. GCCR

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    Any chance he's interested in selling the Ducati? Good luck with whatever you decide to do with this.

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  6. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    Just curious as to how the frame was determined to be bent? The upper tripple clamp is just a metal plate and can be bent with just a hard fall if the handle bar hits a curb.

    Frame straightening is quite possible, it will take some detective work on your part as well as a lot of stripping and re-building.

    If the frame is bent, it's not worth 2K. If the numbers match and it has a title, $1,200 to $1,500 would be more in line if it's complete and the body work is in decent shape.
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  7. garthg

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  8. garthg

    garthg Been here awhile

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    It's for parts only.
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