Cheep Bike Challenge <$1500

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

  1. Richy

    Richy Been here awhile

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    I don’t think there’s a set lifetime on them. I wouldn’t change one unless it showed damage.
    My other Sportster doesn’t seem to vibrate too much until 65-70 mph. Of course, I’ve been riding them for years, maybe I just don’t notice it.
  2. Richy

    Richy Been here awhile

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    It was on a carport for 17 years.
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  3. FTL900

    FTL900 White and nerdy

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    Cheap Bike Challenge redux...
    A couple of weeks ago, I saw a locally advertised a FZ1 that was pretty cheap. That got my attention, but when I texted him he said there was already another guy waiting to look at it.

    Crap. You know how that goes, if it's worthwhile the other guy buys it, and if not, it's probably pretty ragged out.

    So later that evening I texted him again to see if the bike got sold. The owner tells me he's going through a separation and told me his soon-to-be-ex was being difficult and now she won't let him sell the bike. (My guess is she wanted half the money) He had already taken his CL ad down.
    So I told him to save my phone number, and when he gets it straightened out, just call me- no need to place another CL ad again. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Then I forgot all about it. So Christmas Eve morning he texts me and asks if I'm ready to do business. I went over and picked up this 2001 FZ1 for $1200 with 2 keys and the title. The bike would only start on starter fluid, and it'll only crank on jumper cables, but that's OK, I can clean carbs and a new battery is cheap.

    This is gonna be my buddy bike, for when either of my 2 boys flies in from Seattle or other friends visit. It'll be doing around town stuff with an occasional trip to Death Valley (2 hours each way) and I'm trying to plan a Baja trip next year- that's the reason for wanting a bike with some legs.

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    It's amazingly unmolested other than the PO sticking underbody LED lights everywhere. I mean, OEM turn signals and exhaust?? That rear fender?? it's dirty and dusty, but no dents or cracks that I've found.

    So I'm in the ebay mode, my favorite part of any new bike.
    I've already ordered a Yosh slip-on, a small 29L Shad tail trunk for out of town rides, an oil filter, a service manual, fork seals, petcock rebuild kit, carb rebuild kit x4, and the freaking choke lever for $42 that's missing! To buy it new, you have to buy the whole left switch assembly for $150, and on ebay, the used $50 switch assemblies don't have the choke lever. So I found a new lever on ebay for $42 and bit the bullet.

    Once I have the carbs cleaned and back in and the oil change done, I can make sure it's running okay and sounds healthy. I've only heard it run cold for 10-15 seconds at a time on start fluid. Then I'll order tires and new chain/sprockets, then get the fork seals done while the front wheel is off. Probably EBC HH pads while the front wheel is off too. And at some point, I'll order the Shad rack for the back to hold the trunk. I have soft bags that can go on for out of town rides.

    This will be a great garage mate to my FJR1300... the FZ1 is much smaller, so it's not like I own 2 of the same bike. I was looking at a couple of ZZR1200 bikes to fill this role but decided I didn't want another big heavy bagger- it's too similar to the FJR. And I've owned a Bandit 1200 and I'm on my second ZRX1100, so I've always been interested in the FZ1.

    No build thread, since it'll look mostly the same when it's finished. :lol3
  4. FTL900

    FTL900 White and nerdy

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    I saw that bike advertised on PNW Riders, I was thinking that it would be a really good deal for someone!!
    I moved south from there last June, and didn't want a sport bike right now, but still... Great Score!! [​IMG]
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  5. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer

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    Just squeezed in under the threshold.

    Just too good (and close by) to pass up: an original owner bike with 15,000 miles that's been off the road since 2010- when it was freshly painted. The owner hurt his hand and what with one thing or another never put it back on the road. I have the fairing and all the other stuff, as well as a brand new Works Performance shock and the very hard to get square tube case savers (which are brand new).

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  6. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    I love VF1000's but they never seem to be under $ 4,000 around here.
  7. Carlo Muro

    Carlo Muro Supercàzzola

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    It's actually a better bike than either the Bandit or the ZRex. It just isn't as desirable as the ZRex. A Rex will pull double the money if not more.

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  8. lonegunm4n

    lonegunm4n Adventurer

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    I bought a good to go XT225 for $1500, does that count? :D
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  9. Kai Ju

    Kai Ju Long timer

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    not without a picture...
  10. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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  11. lonegunm4n

    lonegunm4n Adventurer

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    16k miles, clear title. Seller was asking $1800, I got it for $1500 which included a brand new AGM battery because the one in it was toast.
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  12. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    Looks like it happened -


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  13. YJake

    YJake PAR Nation

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    Well, I don't know if this counts since it was technically willed to me but here's my new CL350 project.

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    It's actually fairly clean. I'm going to attempt a factory restoration followed by a week long + trip on it if I get to that point.

    I'm trying to get it restored/titled/registered for <$1,000.

    -Jake
  14. Gorn

    Gorn Been here awhile

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  15. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    Nice and all the hard to get parts are there . I think it's sad that far to many 70 something cb end up as cafe racer bike stye. Good luck If you need parts remember about david silver spares usa whom stock almost any honda part you can want oem and pattern parts . Not the crappy pattern parts ether.
  16. YJake

    YJake PAR Nation

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    Thanks! :thumb

    Parts are cleaning up pretty well too. Although, the bottoms of the fenders have some hellacious rust.

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    -Jake
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  17. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    I had a Burgman 650.

    Power was adequate. Speed...was as good as with my GL500.

    The riding position. I couldn't get used to sitting, not on, but atop, the machine. Felt like I was going to slide off, all the time.

    Otherwise, totally capable. Bought mine with 9K and sold it with 24k miles. No major repairs - just the fear of what it would cost if that complex transmission came apart.
  18. RustyStuff

    RustyStuff Long timer

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    Nice find.
  19. CafeDude

    CafeDude Ride to eat.....

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    They are still out there.

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  20. Bikerboy108

    Bikerboy108 Pat from Jersey

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    What did you use to clean up that shock???