Cheep Bike Challenge <$1500

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by nedodjija, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. nedodjija

    nedodjija Been here awhile

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    Well another post gave me the idea. Please tell us about the bikes that you initialy bought for less than $1500 and please post some pictures. Thanks.
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  2. AIrey1507

    AIrey1507 Aspiring Adventure Rider

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    I bought my first motorcycle at 18. It was this 1986 Yamaha Radian (YX600S). Bought in June 2007, three months after taking MSF course and getting my motorcycle endorsement. I originally wanted a Ninja 250/500 but they command too much of a premium for anything in decent condition. I paid $900 for the Radian with 16k miles and a slipping clutch. A new clutch cable helped a ton, and acceleration was all a beginner needed with about 70 horsepower. Also had to put a little bit of money into spark plugs, oil, and a new rear tire, but the money I put into it still was way under $1500. Sold for $1500 in summer 2008 during the really high gas prices. Put almost 4k miles on it in about 4 months of riding.
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  3. JStory

    JStory Long timer

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    1986 XL600. Bought in 1996 for $1400. I've since rebuilt the engine and added the supermoto front disk. Home made luggage rack(not installed in this pic).
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  4. howard kelly

    howard kelly Adventurer

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    bought my 1979 gs850 (pic coming) for 800 bucks...i expect i will have less than 500 in the fix up for getting street worthy
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  5. nedodjija

    nedodjija Been here awhile

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    It would be fun to get toghether all the guys that payed for their bikes less than 1500 and have a big ride somewhere.
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  6. ACDNate

    ACDNate Been here awhile

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    1980 Honda CB650
    Bought in 2003 for $650 as a barely running bike. Quick carb cleaning and she purred like a kitten. Even with tires, plugs, a rear rack, sissy bar, insurance for a year and registration I was only around $1200 :evil
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  7. bhkami

    bhkami Adventurer

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    I ran into a moto club from portland doing a 5-5-5 ride. Bike is under 500ccs, under $500, and older than 1975. They helped me fix my wiring, too.
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  8. nedodjija

    nedodjija Been here awhile

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    Nice bike. I used to have one of these, but it was not in nearly good shape as yours.
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  9. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    My Nighthawh 450. $900 in cherry shape. I replaced the clutch, chain, sprockets, cables, and just bought new carb rubbers.
    So far I've put almost 30k miles on it in the last 2 years. Never left dead on the road yet, though when the throttle cable broke on I77 in Charlotte, I hand throttled it in rushour traffic to get home.

    It's a great little motorcycle.
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  10. rmi03

    rmi03 Daily Motorcycle User

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    Bought this 2006 Ninja 250 for $2000 (2 years old with 700 miles), but would sell for less than $1500, if I were selling this bike. Tons of ex250s on the market for less than $1500. Possibly the best deal in motorcycling, if you want a versatile road bike.

    Ryan

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  11. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    First bike, a CL 350 "Scrambler" I got in trade for a $400 VW Bug. I rode the hell out of that bike. (SAME BIKE AND COLOR, NOT MINE)

    One of my Current bikes:

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    07 Triumph Scrambler I paid 13 times more for. Kinda similar though, and just as fun.

    Jim :brow
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  12. AIrey1507

    AIrey1507 Aspiring Adventure Rider

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    Looks just like an F800S without the lowers.
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  13. rmi03

    rmi03 Daily Motorcycle User

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    I think there are definitely some similarities between the two bikes' looks. The single, square headlight, the color, etc, etc.

    For a while I had a picture on my Ninja 250 profile titled "mini f800st." :lol3

    Ryan

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  14. treybrad

    treybrad Been here awhile

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    1994 GS500 - Bought in '03 with ~30,000mi on it for $400.

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    I had the tank and tail plastics, just had them off trying to fix the carbs, which were FUBAR, along with bent handlebars, rusty everything, etc, etc....

    Spent about a year of my spare time slowly buying parts and fixing it up, riding it all the while. Mangaged to turn it into a decent looker and sold it for $2,000 about two years after I bought it.

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    Of course, the guy I sold it to promptly tried to commit suicide with it.

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    Still not sure how he snapped both ends off my nice handlebars. Oh well. Cool bike.

    trey
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  15. nedodjija

    nedodjija Been here awhile

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    I like tose GS500s. I just don't understand why Suzuki painted them in purple. I love how the silver looks like.
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  16. Motoblag

    Motoblag Replacing skill with will

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    I, too, had a Radian as my first bike. Let me tell you, they had nowhere close to 70 HP stock. :cry

    Wonderful motorcycle, though. I wish I had more photos handy.

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    Bought it for $800, put over 10,000 miles on it, put on $200 of tires and sold it for $1000.
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  17. AIrey1507

    AIrey1507 Aspiring Adventure Rider

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    Did they detune them from the FJ600? I always thought it was the exact same engine. I can never find published Radian power figures, but I saw 72 horespower for an FJ600 so I figured it was the same. Mine had a slipping clutch the whole time I owned it so I never felt all the horses anyways :rofl

    A buddy of mine has a Seca II and I know that those engines are also based on the FJ600/Radian engine, but are detuned way low to 61 horespower. all crank figures btw
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  18. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    $1,100, but that was in 1998.

    This was in late 2007:
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    Hell, come to any of the many rallies on http://thegsresources.com and you'll see lots of sub-$1,500 bikes being whipped like rented mules.
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  19. Metty

    Metty Adventurer

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    2004 Suzuki GS500F, paid $1300

    Bought in in Washougal, WA and rode it back to NC with no failures

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  20. The PacRat

    The PacRat I'm that other guy

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    Bought this 1984 Honda CB700SC for $1500 a few years ago. One of Honda's most reliable. I dreamed about having one for years, then found it.

    Beautiful bike. HATED the way it handled. Sold it a few months later...

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