Cheep Bike Challenge <$1500

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

  1. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    Are the parts available to re-create a bike like that?

    I was looking at '67 xlh's, and they don't seem raked out as much. And that super low profile seat - is that still available? or is it custom?
  2. MiteyF

    MiteyF Long timer

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    Choppers are SUPPOSED to be custom. Nowadays, a "chopper" is usually a bunch of pre-made bullshit somebody orders from a catalog and throws on a Harley, has somebody paint it candy-uber-flake purple, and then they call it a "custom" because it's not how it came from the factory.
  3. dhallilama

    dhallilama Been here awhile

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    there's nothing off the shelf on the bike; it's all hand made... triple trees, bars, seat/pan, sissy bar, oil bag, exhaust, damn near every bracket on it, all started as stock material. heavily modified frame, narrowed tank, list goes on and on.
    made it all in my 100 year old carriage house, mostly in the wee hours of the morning before work, over the period of a year or two. all welding on this one is oxy/acetylene, even the aluminum.

    there's a build thread on jockey journal if'n you're curious.

    i'm building another... a '59 xlh, but it'll be mostly stock. i really like old harleys... but the newer ones do nothing for me. most newer bikes, for that matter. the GSXR is my newest bike and was a huge leap into
    "modern" times for me. even with dirtbikes, anything past the mid 80s, meh...
  4. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    Thanks!

    Those later 1950's Harleys have the most appeal to me - they look really comfortable.
  5. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    I agree with the new wave choppers.They aren't real choppers.They are pretty much kit bikes,or P&As as I refer to them.P&A = Paint and Assemble. A real bike can be pieced together far less that modern knock offs,and look better.My GS500 is a chopper of sorts,if you go back to the 50's and 60's meanings.All of the mods to my bike came from parts modified from other bikes,or one off parts.Nothing is store bought.Just rebuilt old parts and modified to taste.
  6. go2cnavy

    go2cnavy Dont Worry Be Brappy

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    + $600 in parts and $160 for registration (not including 50-60 hours of elbow grease and wrenching) and here she is today. Waiting for the seat to be recovered and a few more parts, but I'll come in under $1500.


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  7. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Can't find my before pics, but mine was much worse off than the one on the trailer. Amazing what you can do with some paint, some elbow grease, and a few new stickers.

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    I miss that bike. :cry It's a '91 300 EXC.

    It does count for the thread as long as we aren't counting labor. I traded my way up to it with various different bikes and lots of fixing, I think cashwise I was into this one under $500 including a new top end, paint, seat cover, stickers, waterpump / clutchcover, gaskets, etc. I was into it WAY over $1,500 if you count labor, even if it was only at $10/hr. :lol3
  8. Juanjo_NY

    Juanjo_NY Made in Argentina

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    picked this one yersterday out of CL.

    1971 Honda CB100 with 2770 original miles, transferable regi and manuals for $500 :clap
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    it should clean up nice..
  9. stainlesscycle

    stainlesscycle Long timer

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    i picked up the one in the foreground for $475. the one in the back was a roller with no motor $100.00 - maybe $1200 more into tires, suspension (both front ends are mx250/36), wheels (i think 2 of the wheels are mx175,the others are bultaco and rm125...) motor (both split/ported/bored/rods/bearings/seals/etc..), and various ignitions, chains, sprockets, pegs, bars, hand controls, and other parts... still need to find a different set of shocks for the one in the background - but the thermaflows work ok.

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  10. toplessFC3Sman

    toplessFC3Sman Adventurer

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    Picked this up (split between me & 3 friends) 4ish years ago for $300, with the honda & a clymers manual - '73 Honda CL350.

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    The idea was that we'd have a motorcycle to learn to ride on, mess around with, and it wouldn't break the bank for a bunch of grad students. Well, we learned, one of the group got their own bike, and I ended up buying out everyone from this one.

    One of the carbs had a broken choke plate, so the bike would run on 1 cyl until it was warmed up, and then the second one would kick in, so of course I decided that the best course of action would be to convert it to fuel injection and electronic spark control... completely logical.

    Anyhow, $300 buy in, new tires, CBR600 F4i parts, the megasquirt, and some various other parts, and I think I'm still under $800... but its been about 3 years since i've ridden it.
  11. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    Nice little bike.To bad I don't have money.I'd buy it.
  12. Kt-88

    Kt-88 I like everything.

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    Also my favorite thread here.
  13. Juanjo_NY

    Juanjo_NY Made in Argentina

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    ape hangers on a scrambler is sacrilegious! ;)

    I have a CL450 and working on a 175, super fun bikes!! :thumb
  14. toplessFC3Sman

    toplessFC3Sman Adventurer

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    Yea, the ape hangers have been replaced with a stock bars, and were definitely my biggest annoyance about riding it (even more than only running on one cylinder!) Why would someone do that to a bike? Its both uncomfortable and less intuitive.
  15. richarddacat

    richarddacat best jelly roll in town

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    You know, I really don't care what people ride or whether they wear a helmet or not but for the life of me I can't figure out why would someone install ape hangers on a bike other that for the custom look. :huh
    There is no way possible (IMO) that they can be comfortable or safe outside of a straight line.
    I just don't get it. :loco
  16. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    Some of it depends on how high the risers are. I have one friend who has 18" risers (I think) to relieve the arthritis in his shoulders. Not the greatest for canyon carving, but he doesn't do that. For touring, it works well for him and allows him to keep riding.

    jdg
  17. TheReaper!

    TheReaper! Been here awhile

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    I put them on my first bike back in the early 70’s a Triumph 650 TR6 and loved them . The bike had that straight seat you could slide back and forth on , so you could really get comfortable on it . I wish I would have kept that bike .

    TheReaper!
  18. 408Fairmont

    408Fairmont Adventurer

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    I wanted to get them both running before posting them in here, but my brothers TS185, and my XL175 are both way under $1500. We still need tail lights and I need headlights, and we need signals to drive them on the road, but for this year we are going to just be riding off road, and well get everything together to put them on the road over next winter.

    Anyways, his TS185, cost $350, plus about $100 for a new carb, $40 for head bearings. $20 for some grips, and $10 in oil. Still needs a paint job, and tires, but they hold air. We will be painting it when he gets alittle more used to riding, its his first bike.
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    Note the cool heat shield. Looks like some trim for a house or something.. We will be making a nice shield out of round bar that should look alot more original.

    My XL175, I have a 1979 RM125 I am restoring, that I need to spend a few more hundred on the top end, I have a new bottom end, bearings, seals, new paint and plastic, but I wanted something to ride, and I need to freshen up the engine in my car, and only have the coin for one rebuild at a time, so I picked this guy up. I like 2 stokes, but it was $120 from a friend of my Dads, he figured it needed $500-$600 worth of work done to it to run. It had no compression, but ran... lol The coil died, so I took the head off to see why no compression, the cylinder looked clean, but the intake valve looked real high up into the head,, :huh So I pulled it, and there was no valve seat... Seeems like someone did work to the bike, it had stripped out bolts, and various allen key bolts thrown in there. The head also had the cam bushed. The exhaust studs were also broken off, and the rockers were real worn, so I decided to get a new head, cam and cover.

    I picked up a new coil, head, cam and rocker cover off of e-bay, spent maybe $100-150, with a new gasket set too. Put it all together yesturday, timed it up, one kick and she fired right up. Smoked us put of the garage, but cleared up. I might have overly oiled the cyl while it was sitting lol. Then my Dad and I made these exhaust spacer deals that push the exhaust in the hole(Not sure what they are called). I saw some on e-bay for like $30 but I figured we could make it. Would have been much easier if I had a plasma cutter or even some jigsaw blades lol, but we got it done. Shes nice and quiet now, and runs great. Smokes slightly, but I'll see if it clears up.

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    The clean side, all painted with nice stainless bolts. I have the points cover too.

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    Cant really see the pieces I made... I havent painted this cover becuase I want to check out and probably replace the clutch. It slips but has got better every time I ride it.

    Sorry for the long post, but I am excited to ride. I have been waiting for a long time to ride a dirtbike, not a mini bike. I had a mini when I was little, and after that my Dad and I restored a yz80 for me, but someone jacked it :(, and that was when I was like 10-12. I have another mini I bomb around the hood in when I am bored, but other then riding the RM before puling it apart, thats all the riding I have been able to do. So I cant wait to hit the trails.
  19. aftCG

    aftCG Been here awhile

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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:
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    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:
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    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
  20. ADK

    ADK ____

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    *golf clap*