Cheep Bike Challenge <$1500

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

  1. What?

    What? curmudgeon

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    I bought an 85 Honda that way. It was a lot of fun putting it back together. I'd pick out a part from the boxes of parts and know it was a rear master cylinder, then I would look for bolt holes on the back right where it might mount. All the stuff only fits in one place. The only part that stumped me was a heat shield for the carburetors. Routing the cables was a lot of guess work.
    I'm always looking on Craigs list for the next basket case.
    Where else are you going to find a bike that will do 108 in the quarter mile for $500?
  2. rixcafe

    rixcafe Been here awhile

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    This will be my 8th Airhead rebuild and have gotten to know them pretty well. Both of these started as boxes of bits and turned out all right I think.

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  3. Brian-M

    Brian-M Melting in GA

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    What, they make bikes in other than DIY kit form? :D

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    (the engine was only Partially installed, ditto with forks, shock linkage, etc...)

    That was a 1991 VFR that someone else tore apart. Took me ~10 hours to get it back together and running (but, I'd been playing with VFRs for nearly a decade by then).
  4. TonyKZ1

    TonyKZ1 Been here awhile

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    Wow, I'm impressed with all the bikes that's put back together from boxes.. That's great. Sounds like it could be a lot of fun.
    Tony
  5. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    Wow! Those are nice. Want to build one for me?:evil

    jdg
  6. rixcafe

    rixcafe Been here awhile

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    Sure.

    Will have to get in line as I have a 1950 AJS Model 20 and a '71 TR6 in the queue.
  7. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    It is kind of fun, but can get pretty frustrating at times, too. It's obviously a lot easier with bikes that you're already familiar with and bikes that are relatively simple, too. My basketcase GL1500 is neither, so it falls in the "frustrating" category more often than not. :lol3
  8. TrophyHunter

    TrophyHunter Long timer

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    I had a minibike, a Honda 90, then a Hodaka. In fact, this one - De Anza Cycle Park, CA.
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    For the past few years, I've been watching for a good Hodaka, but with a plate - I am in the dualsporting mode and a neighborhood putt would be fun.

    So I found a one family - Dad bought new, gave to son as first bike - '73 Wombat 125....just 2 hours up the road. 690 miles, original tires, yada yada.
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    The shiniest and rustiest parts of the bike. I'm glad it has a "you left your signals on" indicator - cuz those aircraft landing signals would escape me.
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    Hey Ralph, we need a brake light switch.
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    Orig sales receipt and registration. It's a Boogie Machine.....
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    Accessory list
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    Thx for watching!
  9. richarddacat

    richarddacat best jelly roll in town

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    Now there's something you don't see everyday. What a score ! :clap
    And what a cool bike to own. :thumb
  10. Dorzok

    Dorzok Long timer

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    U didn't tell us how much.
  11. TrophyHunter

    TrophyHunter Long timer

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    Whoops - forgot the title of the thread. $1200 - almost twice the price of new! :rofl

    Appreciate the comments.
  12. dpforth

    dpforth no inline fours

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    That Wombat and extra kit is awesome, brings back memories. A seat cover and a bit of elbow grease and you'll be styling.
  13. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Wow.
    That's a real score with that history and original condition.
    I guess it's too late to order a ditty bag!
  14. Big Bamboo

    Big Bamboo Aircooled & Sunbaked

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    OK, I was referred to this thread from the Airheads forum. I've actually bought several old BMWs for cheap over the years. My first on this island was this running 1972(?) R75/5 for $1000: [​IMG] I have been running an ad "WANTED; BMW Motorcycles Dead or Alive" on craigslist for a few years. The first score was a now running 1984 R65 for $650 including tow: [​IMG] Then a few months ago I picked up my old 1978 R100RS and two 1975 R90/6 for $1350 towed. The green one fired up after sitting for over 20 years: [​IMG] BUT, the best score of all was this FREE 1971 R60/5 I brought home yesterday! It has some issues; shocks are frozen, seats gone flat, spokes are super crusty, rear fender broken, but it has compression when turned over with the kick starter and cleaned up real nice:[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  15. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Wow. A free R60 isn't a bad deal at all. That's all gravy, man. :clap
  16. 1 wheel peel

    1 wheel peel Been here awhile

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    Very nice! I always liked the V65's. Nice score too.
  17. dsilver1007

    dsilver1007 Been here awhile

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    I'll give this ago, after work I drove home picked up a friend and a trailer and took a 45 minute ride to pick up the bike. Has a clean title, runs good but needs the carbs cleaned, all stock and just needs little tlc. Rides good and has good power. Has 26xxx don't know if that's good or not. Now to the pictures...[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  18. dsilver1007

    dsilver1007 Been here awhile

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    Forgot to put a price for rf900, got it for a 1000!
  19. TrophyHunter

    TrophyHunter Long timer

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    Some great finds in here. I wish I had more garage space and $$$. The V65 was the first road bike I took out - borrowed from a friend. That Suzuki should give you a few smiles after a good front to back check.
  20. Rd650

    Rd650 Been here awhile

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    Sweet trailer. Like the RF :thumb