Cheep Bike Challenge <$1500

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

  1. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    $850 04 Ninja 250 that sat for a while, rough running at idle, but revs nicely everywhere else.. Two-Bros. slip-ons are LOUD!!

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  2. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    REPLACE THOSE DUNROCKS! (before you start riding in the spring.) Sounds like a carb issue, probably needs a cleaning. I would also suggest a valve adjustment.
  3. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    The foot brake lever is bent and signs of laid down, previous owner replaced body parts, pegs and barends to make Ninja look like new.

    Tires are doing ok, I'm not riding this thing aggressively enough to to worry about them, especially with roads are still overed with snow and derbis.

    Carbs are ok, too.. after a running full tank of fresh fuel mixed with SeaFoam.

    Valves were done last June (300 mi. ago) according to the previous owner, running the Ninja through and through 12k rpm for the last 200 miles or so, I can see/hear no need for valve adjustment.

    I'm just going to find some chrome OEM mufflers and replace the LOUD Two-Bros. slip-ons.
  4. Tim McKittrick

    Tim McKittrick Long timer

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    A friend of mine races a 250 Ninja of the same vintage and might be interested in your slip-ons once you find a set of replacement mufflers- drop me a line if you wish to sell the Two-Bros set.
  5. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy Sometimes I'm A Jerk

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    I have never paid more than $1 per cc for a bike, except for one Harley that I bought a few years ago.

    That's just one of my personal guidelines. They may not have been cosmetically beautiful, but that didn't matter.

    I have always had a lot of fun with my bikes, but I've never had a show bike!
  6. dannyz

    dannyz Adventurer

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    Well, I have to admit I was never in the market for bikes that old, but based my observation on the fact that I'm not really riding as much as I'd like to, am living up north where riding season is relatively short, never did any big mileage touring and am still averaging ~12K kms (~7.5k miles) per year.

    But I'm glad to be wrong with this!
  7. MiteyF

    MiteyF Long timer

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    Picked up this little gem last night for $340 from the original owner. '76, missing the tail light, front fender and headlight, but everything was SUPER clean. Gas tank, carb, frame, PERFECT seat, even the tires. I was going to restore it, but it's so nice I think I'm just going to clean it and ride it!

    This is as I got it, with nothing cleaned/removed yet. Pit bike for the boat races... and maybe some profit after that!

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  8. Scrapvalue

    Scrapvalue Been here awhile

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    Paid $450 for 2 CB750's.
    One 1976 and the other a 1974. Both were a little ruff but had potential.
    Had been sitting in a basement for 15 years. Guy bought them to fix up with his son.
    Son is now graduated from college and moved away. Guy wanted them gone.
    Cleaned one set of carbs and got both motors running. Decided to do a build.
    Listed the tank and side covers for the 76 on ebay and they sold for almost $350.
    Sold the exhaust which was nice but not perfect on ebay and got almost $400 for them.
    Spent about $500 dollars on the build,(money was no object).
    So as it stands, I have about $100 rapped up in this bike.
    Have put over 7000 miles on it. A lot of them were put on in and around the everglades. A lot of them in the mountains of north Georiga and N. Carolina and a bunch in N. Michigan.
    I still have the other 750 for parts or another build. This is one expensive hobby!

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  9. Scrapvalue

    Scrapvalue Been here awhile

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    A little action shot!

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  10. Joey Jo Jo Jr. Shabadu

    Joey Jo Jo Jr. Shabadu 1 Less Car

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    Way back in late (October or so) '07 I was checkin' out the 'Other for Sale' section of another BBS I'm on, and saw this, an '81 Yamaha XS400:

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    That's pretty much what it looked like when we brought it home, minus the 1/2" of garage dust & dirt it had on it from sitting. The ad read '$500 OBO'. PO said it ran, but poorly and he didn't know why. I didn't care, it was clean (relatively speaking, meaning no rust or pits in the chrome), complete, came with a box of miscellaneous spare parts, and I needed a bike on which I could teach my now-wife how to ride. We loaded it up in my truck without so much as a test ride and I traded the guy a Springfield 1911A1 wide-body for it, straight up.

    Got it home, cleaned it up super-duper good, bought a new battery, put fresh gas in it.

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    Tried to start it up and it would chug-a-lug for a few revs then die. I ripped into it and found one of the dual carbs looked like this:

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    I went to a race board I'm on and asked if this could be fixed, or did I need to source a new carb body. More than half the respondents told me that cheap, early '80s, Japanese pot metal can't be welded. A fabricator I know in N. Ga. (honestly, the best welder I've ever seen or heard about) got on there and took it as a challenge that he could fix it. So we drove up there, and for free, just the bragging rights, he fixed it. He got it to look like this:

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    Put it all back together and she ran like a top after I dialed in the float height and all that.

    My wife and I both rode that bike on and off for all of 2008 (about 1,500 miles) until December '08 when she bought her current ride, a 2008 Ninja 250. It was a great trainer bike for her and we sold it to a kid for $800 in the early spring of '09.
  11. Swillmongrel

    Swillmongrel Been here awhile

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    This was a long time ago (early '90s) but the mid '70s Yamaha TX500 my buddy is standing next to was purchased at a garage sale for $35. My '82 GPZ550 was pretty high buck, I paid $800 for it. We rode them from Minneapolis to Washington D.C. and back. I have tons more to post when I can find the pictures. Out of 15 or so bikes, I've only paid more than $1000 maybe three times, the most paid being $3000.

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  12. rudolf35

    rudolf35 Warped & Twisted Mind

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    After lurking in this thread I finally get to join! I picked this little one up for $1,200!

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rudolf35/5479572799/" title="IMG_0005.JPG by rudolf35, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5256/5479572799_937327714f.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="IMG_0005.JPG" /></a>

    A 1986 K75S in drive home condition. At this time the bike on the way back to running order after having repaired the body damage and giving it a good going over.

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    :clap. :D. :clap
  13. Yokomo

    Yokomo Gorilla Adventurer

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    old lookin bike that still looks good!
  14. Big Red One

    Big Red One If yer gonna be one...

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    I need to get some better pictures, but here's my $1000 1984 VF700, the most expensive bike I've ever bought:

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    and my $900 XR600R:

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    I don't have pictures of my pristine $600 Kawasaki KZ550LTD or the $250 CSR250 I got from a buddy.
  15. Draechon

    Draechon Long timer

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    Am I insane? I have a fondness for weird things. I didn't know where else to ask this, but I saw this ad for a crazy bike this morning. It's a semi-cafe racer bike that is really odd, but it's picking away at my senses and I'm thinking of offering the guy $400. If I got it, I probably would just get one of those DS all-in-one digital cluster unit things, fix the oil leak and the rough idle (maybe just a bad tune with the "rebuilt carbs" and "ported intake"), sort out the swingarm/rear brake thing later.
    I have a 1992 Yamaha FZR 600 with a 1998 FZR 600 motor and wiring harness. Small oil leak, idles ruff, no upper fairing or cluster, toggle switch ignition, no rear seat , back rim is off a 2000 suzuki katana 600 to make it easier to buy tires, rear brake removed, extended 6", flipped clip ons, lowered 2.5" in front, ported intake, carbs just rebuilt. lost title so sold with bill of sale, asking $550 or best offer. Just got laid off, first reasonable offer takes it. well over 2 grand invested. text or call [omitted] for questions.
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  16. red450

    red450 WEE-A-BOO

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    Man, I wish I had this kind of luck when I was looking for a K75 before I got my SECA II. Beautiful!
  17. Mgbgt89

    Mgbgt89 Long timer

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    That thing just REEKS of stolen to me. No title, Missing easily sold parts, toggle switch igntion, etc.
  18. red450

    red450 WEE-A-BOO

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    +1 Definitely run the VIN.
  19. Blackshirt

    Blackshirt Adventurer

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    I bought this '81 Honda CB750F for $550 in 1990. It had under 5K on the odometer and was running well. It cost me another thousand bucks to get it the way I wanted it, but I rode it for 10 years with hardly a problem.
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  20. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    Just brought home today....$250.00....1982 Yamaha 750 SECA

    Front brake problem (cable operated front master cylinder), carbs will need to be cleaned/rebuilt for sure (standard procedure isn't it?), sticking clutch plates, and who knows what else.

    The longer I look at it, the more I like it:happay, Veg-O-Matic wheels and all!

    Lynn

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