Cheep Bike Challenge <$1500

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

  1. nedodjija

    nedodjija Been here awhile

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    I got this today for $1000 and my AK47 plus 500 rounds. The total is $1600, which is $100 more than the limit, but since I am the creator of the thread, here she is:

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  2. Egodriver71

    Egodriver71 Rider of something

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    DAMN good $1600 investment there!!!!:clap
  3. PJungnitsch

    PJungnitsch Been here awhile

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    Wow, that's crazy good.

    I bought this 1982 Yamaha Vision in 1987 for $1350.00. Went to Canadian Tire and got side bags and a helmet, leathers (of a kind) at Sears, bungeed my old backpack to the gas tank, wrapped my camping gear in a feed sack and a garbage bag and spent 5 months crossing Canada with it.

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    Rode it every summer after that until it blew up in 2004, then sold the parts for $1000.00 on ebay.
  4. xcgates

    xcgates Whaaa?

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    Huh, just realized I actually qualify for this thread.

    My first bike (1985 Kawasaki ZN700) was ~$1k, and aside from gas/oil/plugs/plug wires, I have put on one front, one rear tire, fork seals, front brakes, one set of front wheel bearings, a couple bulbs, used coils, oil pressure sender, and more than it's fair share of bungies and other assorted tie-downs. I bet that other than gas and oil, I have a total of $1400 in her, parts and purchase price together.:D

    Bike #1: Story time (Feel free to skip the wall of text, down to bike #2, I don't have pictures on this computer, I'll dig them out of my backups and post them up.)

    When I first got it, to pass inspection it needed new front brakes, front tire, and new fork seals. All of this got accomplished in one weekend where I had a buddy drop me off in the general vicinity of the city my parent's live near with two backpacks, one full of assorted tools I would need. Got quite a few looks while I hung out at whatever fast food joint, as you don't normally see someone dressed in greasy clothes, carrying tools from a breaker bar to spray cans, etc.

    My dad picked me up after work, and I set to work doing the things listed above. (bear in mind I'd never really done much mechanical work before, ever) I passed inspection Monday morning, and by lunch, was on the road to school, about 200 miles away, only partly certain the bike was going to make it. I'm talking, my computer backpack was bungied to my tank, my tools and assorted other things (including a desk lamp :lol3) were in a plastic milk crate bungied to the rear seat, I was wearing more than one pair of jeans, and had never gone farther than probably 50 miles in one day, much less left from one location to go to a different place. Not a good recipe for smooth sailing, but a good recipe for fun! :deal

    I made it probably 125 miles or so out of the 200 miles, including the arrival of rain, and a 0 mph drop in a Walmart parking lot when I put my left foot down, but tipped right.:muutt This was the trip where I discovered my bike didn't like to run for a long time in the rain, and after an executive decision that being on a bike that was loosing power was not a good thing on a limited-access 65 mph highway with lots of trucks.:puke1 So I pulled off, found a small town (no light town) post office, and found out where the nearest gas station was. I reasoned that if it wasn't a gas problem, the gas station would at least be dry, have food, and be relatively easy to have someone find me.

    Never actually made it to the gas station, and stopped for the last time in a muddy driveway. I'm still certain the bike will start up again like it had the rest of the day, which I inform the very nice man who stopped in his pickup. He was the fellow from the post office, and offered me some help. I stupidly assured him that I could get the engine to fire up again, and off he drove. The couple who's driveway I stopped in got home, and asked if I needed help, the gentleman had a few tools in his shed, however anything I knew how to do I was attempting to do with the tools I had on me, more wouldn't help out. I gave up after about a half hour, and brought my computer backback and my soggy self to their front door to ask if I could get in out of the rain and call in some backup. I got ahold of one friend also going to school that night (we had class the next morning), and he started calling around to see who was going to be in the general area, and was willing to help out a bozo for the return of gas money and permanent dirt on the bozo.

    As I discover nobody with a pickup is going to be travelling the general vicinity, I am about to ask the nice couple if they wouldn't mind me rolling the dead bike behind their shed until I could fetch it the next weekend, in addition to the very generous serving of pasta, and the drying of my outer layers. As I am warming up and stuffing my face, there is a knock on the door, and there stands a guy in his hunting rain gear, the very same fellow who worked at the post office, had been reassured by me that I would be fine, and after all that, gotten a ramp, and come back to see if I really was okay in the rainy night.:clap I found out that a friend that lived a few miles away had no problem with me stashing my bike behind his parent't garage (his parent's didn't mind either, apparently:clap) until I could get back to it.

    So we load up the pickup, drop me off at my buddies', wait for buddy #2 to come by and pick me up on his way through, and make it to school a bit before midnight. Buddy #2 was also willing to drive me back to the bike the next weekend, wait around for me to dick around doing things like dismantling the bike (practically) to use starting fluid, jump the bike, and follow me back to school. It was a year or so until I had similar problems and eventually made it go away by replacing the coils, plug wires, and for good measure, the plugs.

    Bike #2: Intro

    The other bike is one I haven't done much to, my '79 Suzuki GS850G. Picked it up for $850:D with a bunch of extras including extra seat pan with foam, tank, Clymer manual, spare nuts-n-bolts-n-such. has a brand-new front tire, going to go through the valves, change fluids, paint the spare tank for practice and fun (permanent work-in-progress, first going to try painting it with that whiteboard paint.:lol3). Gotta do stupid little things, like clean carbs, check valve clearance, bleed brakes, adjust/replace control cables, etc. Then hopefully she will replace my Kawi.

    How many people would look to replace an '85 with electronic ignition with a '79 with points and a kick-start? :huh (She does have electric start as well.)
  5. Dorzok

    Dorzok Long timer

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    i gots to find me one of these. favorite of all the Buells. don't really care for the clear plastics though.
  6. nedodjija

    nedodjija Been here awhile

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    I buy, fix, and sell bikes for a hobby. I wanted to sell this one in couple of months, but I like it too much. I hope my wife lets me keep it. I think that it is really original bike. Gas tank in the frame, oil tank in the swing arm, front brake, you name it. It is a unique bike. I like it.
  7. Moose_God

    Moose_God n00b

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    Here's my $750 750...It's an 82 Magna V45. Runs great until you push it past 6k, then it kinda bogs down. It ought to get the job done until I can find a nice 750 Nighthawk this fall. Only in it for about $150 in parts (added Daytona bars, cheapie mirrors, grips, and an air filter).

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  8. vernon dent

    vernon dent Been here awhile

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    1974 suzuki ts185l, 700 miles.hadn't run for 30 years. pulled the tank and carb. heres what the carb looked like.
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    all jets clear, replaced one o-ring. bought a new $12.00 battery, and it fired up forth kick, settled into a nice smooth idle. rigged up a test tank out of an old squeeze bottle and rode it up and down my street. solid, tight, smooth running. damn it cool. tank wouldn't clean up with vinegar and nuts and bolts attempt so its getting cleaned and coated now. talk about a ride on the "way back machine".
    $500.00
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  9. nedodjija

    nedodjija Been here awhile

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    Sweet score on the suzuki 185. Those old enduros are awesome.
  10. 84blue

    84blue Its time to ride somethin

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    Here's my entry.

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    1989 Ninja 250. I paid $450 for it as it hadn't run for over 2 years. A new battery, a few misc parts, and a tune-up and I've got about $900 total into it. It has 12,000 miles and runs great other than being really, really cold blooded. In 2 weeks when my son goes through his motorcycle safety course, it will be his. Should be the perfect bike for him to tear around and learn on.
  11. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    hmm:

    Wad of cash: Check
    Assault weapon: Check
    Case of ammo: Check


    I'm sorta wondering where that guy's next stop is!
  12. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    i like those too. pretty sweet.
  13. sfc1k

    sfc1k Adventurer

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    My entry:

    Skorpion Sport - 1 owner from new, 7k Km on the clock, FSH (okay, 2 stamps in the book). Last tax disc expired 06/00 so it's sat for 10 years....

    Reckon it owes me about £500 which is, er, around $1000.

    Mind you, that includes buying the trailer it's sat on, the towing hitch for the car (to tow the trailer) & £120 in petrol collecting. Doesn't include the weekend of our time or the nice dinner I had to buy my wife while we were away collecting it.

    Next step is change all it's vital fluids, buy it a battery & see if it'll start without needing a complete carb strip - the previous owner thinks he drained the carb but he wasn't certain.

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  14. vernon dent

    vernon dent Been here awhile

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    how about a cheap trailer to haul those cheap bikes? kendon fold up single rail trailer, clear title. $200.00
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  15. Egodriver71

    Egodriver71 Rider of something

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    Where?
  16. vernon dent

    vernon dent Been here awhile

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    now in my garage. bought it yesterday at a classic crar retailer here in town. stopped by to see a friend who works there and his manager asked me if i was interested in a motorcycle trailer that had languished behind the shop for a year. it had been taken in on trade. he asked me how much i'd give him for it, they needed it gone. two hundred bucks later, i towed it home.
  17. Egodriver71

    Egodriver71 Rider of something

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    City, State?
  18. gunnabuild1

    gunnabuild1 Been here awhile

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    Just realised I qualified for this thread which is a lot harder in Australia than in the US as far as I can tell but here you you go 83 XJ900 105000 k but thats ok with indifferent maintenance these bikes keep on keeping on.
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    Couple of dings and cracks in plastics but rides well just need to get the melted garbage bag off the stainless steel exhaust $1495.00

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  19. vernon dent

    vernon dent Been here awhile

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    dardenne prarie, mo.
  20. Egodriver71

    Egodriver71 Rider of something

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    Thanks!

    Damn, too far for me to make it worth it.