Cheep Bike Challenge <$1500

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

  1. RottenScummyTroll

    RottenScummyTroll Traveler

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    650 Nighthawk. First bike that would do above 55MPH...loved that thing. Bought it for $1050, sold 3 years and 18k miles later (49k) for $1200.

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  2. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    1992 Seca II w/20k mi. $450, needed tires, headers are rusted, runs a bit rough.

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    $300 for Supertrapp exhaust, $27 for new tires to be mounted, $8 a can of SeaFoam... now it runs like a champ.

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  3. treybrad

    treybrad Been here awhile

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    ...and now worth a couple grand. Nicely done, looks great.

    trey
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  4. Kapp555

    Kapp555 Better to be Offroad!

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    Here was my latest. 2003 Suzuki katana 750., P.O. took off all the plastic, had it apart and couldnt get the carbs sorted. paid $1300.

    got new tires and battery cleaned it up and adjusted everything.

    Went from this

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    To this

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    I added the lower fairing later, bike ran great. Invested a total of about $1600, sold it for a nice profit.
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  5. aaronrkelly

    aaronrkelly Been here awhile

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    Most of the bikes I own are cheapys...some WELL under $1500. Still have them all, then some.

    First...1980 Kawasaki KZ1000, paid $900 for it. This was my first bike, I rode the piss out of this thing.....and I still take it out once in a while.

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    Then we got my 1981 Kawasaki KZ440 rat bobber...think I have about $1200 in this, give or take.

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    Here is my 1975 Honda CB400F....got $1000 in this, classic cafe racer meets broke ass owner....but the intent is there.

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    2000 Kawasaki ZX6E Ninja....scored this for $1300 with some scuffed (but not busted) plastics.....I like naked, so I just took them off. One of these days I MIGHT change out the headlight and mirrors....but these work so probably not.

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    Then to finish off, my 1978 Suzuki DR370.....gave $250 for this gem. The lighting didnt work, so I took it all off and slapped a number plate on it. Crazy torque.....its a wheelie monster.

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  6. noman

    noman Been here awhile

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    got my dt2 for $200 and a parts bike for $150. included a box of oem spares and petty bash plate, 21inch from wheel (not pictured), fork brace, etc. merged the bikes then sold the remains for $460. bike has great compression and with +3 on the rear, have been riding the heck out of it everywhere. tops out at maybe 62mph, but have climbed some crazy stuff. 2 weeks ago i fitted some dunlop 606's - nice. i ride mainly class iv roads, a bit of single-track, logging roads, streambeds and some nasty/ledgy stuff too. this old enduro with reasonable seat height (am only 5-6) and seat padding is a nice change from the husky te610e i had for awhile.

    a great ride, on it nearly every weekend, still looks great with 6700 miles.
    bobp
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  7. Fishyhead

    Fishyhead Eremikophobic

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    I bought this KLR650 for $1100 and performed a bunch of maintenance and added the rack and boxes.
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  8. Range Motorsport

    Range Motorsport Junk collector

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    Paid $1200
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    Paid $1200 for this one too
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    $550 for this one
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    All of them were in good to excellent condition.
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  9. jamesgs4

    jamesgs4 Been here awhile

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    paid 500, went from looking like this(not mine, but could have been)
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    to this. i have less than a grand in it total, still not done yet.
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  10. noman

    noman Been here awhile

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    Nice!
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  11. nedodjija

    nedodjija Been here awhile

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    awesome rides people. I am a cheepskate my self so I love these bikes. I love the idea to improve them and get them road worthy.
    Keepam comming.
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  12. Dave in Wi

    Dave in Wi Long timer

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    I don't want to give away all my secrets, but here is the big one... If you buy right, and can do mechanical work yourself, motorcycling doesn't have to cost you much if anything.

    Here is a short list of bikes I've bought for under $1500 (some well, well under):

    1979 CB650 6500 miles
    1979 CB750K
    Dream 305 (3 of them)
    Hodaka Ace 90 nearly mint, just didn't run :-)
    1985 FJ1100 17,000 miles (this was an absolute steal)
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    1980 CB750F
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    1982 CB900F
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    There are lots of bikes out there for under $1500, you just have to keep your eyes open and have cash in your pocket if you stumble across a deal.

    Darn, gave away another secret. :-)
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  13. rwven

    rwven Been here awhile

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    My first bike was a 1977 Yamaha XS650. I paid $1400.00 brand new.
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  14. Canyon Rider

    Canyon Rider Been here awhile

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    A $500 81 Seca 550.

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    $900 82 Seca 550.

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    I paid between $700 to $1300 for the 81 GPz550s

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    I've got a grand in the mini enduros, that includes getting them running and all lights working.

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  15. SirPorl

    SirPorl Abba Dabba Doobie

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    Purchased for $1500 and sold for $1500 after a year.

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  16. pack

    pack Banned

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    80 moto guzzi lemans, 17,000 miles $1000.00. bought in april of this year.
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    1975 kawasaki h2, 8,000 miles. bought for $800.00 of this site also this spring.
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    this is a little bit of a stretch, paid $1800.00 last fall, 9,000 miles 1997 gsxr-1100.
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    1976 tt500, like brand fuckin' new. paid $850.00 for it at the wentzville mo. flea market last fall.
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    1975 suzuki gt750, 27,000 miles. $800.00. bought last summer.
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    1988 ysr 50 with 100, yes 100 miles. bought two years ago for $1200.00.
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    1987 suzuki savage, 3000 miles. bought from my ex-bosses sister for $800.00
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    1976 kawasaki kz1000, 16,000 miles. $1000.00
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    all ran and rode when purchased or with simple carb clean, battery, etc.. with the exception of the h2 kaw. yes there are still good deals to be had....
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  17. Dave in Wi

    Dave in Wi Long timer

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    LOL how many GPZ550s do you need?

    They are nice bikes.
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  18. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    1986 Honda XL600R bought March 1997 for $1,000.
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  19. Canyon Rider

    Canyon Rider Been here awhile

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    There's one to ride, one to race, and one for parts.:D
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  20. Toto

    Toto Been here awhile

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    Do yourself a favour and don't fix up that Kawi tripple...they don't call it the widow maker for nuthin....ooooooooohhhh...scarey beasty indeed!
    Like messin with crack cocaine!
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