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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by nedodjija, Jul 7, 2009.
FRIGGIN BEAUTIFUL BIKE. I love it. Have fun out there.
Looked like this in the morning
Made me sick so 1/2 hr with the spanners and it now looks like this
Thew plan is to make it an everyday rat ridin bobber for under $1500......
You did very good for yourself. I don't know why, but I have always found favor with the Radians.
Paging XS500RUS. He wins -- he got his XS500 for $50 and rode it across the country and back.
I got my first bike, a 1990 XT350, from a coworker for $500. I learned to ride on it, then sold it to my best friend when I upgraded to my Triumph Bonneville. I don't have any pics handy of it while I owned it, but here it is after I sold it (looks exactly the same).
I passed on the $500 deal to my friend, and he was supposed to pass it on to the next person in the line of succession (this bike had been passed among friends for years for $500) -- except he just never sold it. Still has it, and it's his only bike. Unfortunately he doesn't ride much anymore. I should buy it back from him.
Well in a year or two when I'm looking to upgrade I'll look you up.....that is if the wife doesn't dump it in the meantime!
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.
1974 CB550 $1200
VFR hands down. You drive 800 miles only once and you have bike for years. Get VFR and you won't regret it.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Wow. That is a steal. That kid was an idiot -- luckily for you!
I picked this '01 Suzuki Marauder up for $1500. The pic is before & after.
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!"
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.
$500 in boxes:
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...