Cheep Bike Challenge <$1500

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

  1. 99Bandit

    99Bandit Been here awhile

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    I've posted this elsewhere but, I got this for free from a co-worker of a friend.

    I spent about $550 in parts and paint supplies to turn this...
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    Into this...
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    Now, I need a new project to start on. :lol3
  2. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    nice,as soon as i hit play i recognised that sound...i miss my k100rs
  3. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    Beautiful conversion, nice color scheme and work. Damn if you were closer you could do my XS650. The paint is done, just needs someone to play with the clutch and fine tune it. We rebuilt the carbs and put new gaskets on most of the engine. You actually turned a Nighthawk into a badass looking streetfighter!
  4. duck

    duck Banned

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    Never took any pics but a few years ago my brother's friend's wife wanted room in the garage so he had to get rid of an 87 Honda Elite 80cc scoot. He gave it to me for free.

    Hadn't run in quite a few years. I couldn't get the carbs working properly so I bought some used ones for $25 from a crashed scoot on Fleabay.

    I rode it a bit but at 35mph it scared the hell out of me given the crappy brakes and tiny wheels.

    Sold it for $700.
  5. 99Bandit

    99Bandit Been here awhile

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    Thanks, Rasthomas. :D

    If you were closer, I'd work on your XS. The winter will be here soon and having bikes to work on in the garage keeps me sane when I have nothing else to do. :lol3

    I'm currently working on picking up a 1981 Suzuki GS that a friend of mine has had in his garage for the last 20 years. He's not going to do anything with it but, he's a pack rat that won't get rid of anything without a fight. He said if he decides to get rid of it, he will give it to me for free so, I'm keeping my fingers crossed. :evil
  6. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    A long time ago,
    I mentioned my XS850 pair I got off fleabay for $400.
    After working on it some then I got it running and it looked like.
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    After setting in the shop for several years I got it out a few weeks ago.
    Here it is today.
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    :clap I actually fixed it back up because my dad wanted to ride it.
    His 1500 Intruder is driving a truck. :puke1
  7. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Latest booty 71CL 450 Honda, $250

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  8. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

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    Just screaming "cafe me!"
  9. leakypetcock

    leakypetcock Adventurer

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    Finally got it licensed and insured, got it running pretty good. Took it out for a shakedown run today and had a great ride! These bikes (this one anyway) rin right down the road. I took a long loop with back roads, city driving and back on the freeway. Smooth, stable and power to spare. If I could get figure out how to keep the fairing from vibrating I'll be in the black!
    Total investment so far, $437.00. That includes purchase price, miscellaneous hardware, chemicals, license and 6 months insurance. Bet I could sell it for a little more than that!
  10. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Spent that extra couple hundred plus another $200 for a Paughco tank, still under a grand. :evil


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    I have some leftover paint for the tank and a bunch of parts to install to get a little closer to "street legal". :wink:
  11. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    I will be posting soon about a 1983 GoldWing. $500.00 so far and I will be transforming it into a FrankenWing. :D
  12. If you're trying to make me jealous, it's working :lol3 Post pics soon :wink:
  13. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    This is the most fun thread on ADV
  14. bluesman

    bluesman Long timer

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    Well, I converted 1500 USD to Euros and it comes at 1033 USD...so - here goes.

    1991 Suzuki DR800. Bought for 850 Euro (1200 USD).
    Actually it came close to 1500 after I replaced what needed replacement and modified what needed modification - tier 1. At arrival it missed collector box section of exhaust, so - put that back on and rode it for about 1000 km before winter disassembly for tier 1 mods.

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    Now it is about 2000 Euro, so - out of contest, but works like charm and looks like that

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  15. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    beautiful DRBIG!!!
  16. hunter151

    hunter151 Adventurer

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    Bought this 1982 Nighthawk 450 a few months ago for $850, only 8000 miles on it. It was in real good shape and pretty much only needed new tires and some very basic maintenance. Overall it was a great buy. How it looked after a wash when I got it:

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    Now:

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  17. Yokomo

    Yokomo Gorilla Adventurer

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    Wish we had that bike here. Is it an 800cc thumper?
  18. bluesman

    bluesman Long timer

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    Yep. Well, almost. 779 originally, mine now is tad bored out so let say 780. In this version 54 bhp, 62 nm, built like tank :) but mine is a lot "updated" comparing to stock.

    Quite "lazy" motor but unstoppable, does not even notice pillion and luggage :)

    In DR750/800 tread in Thumpers we have at least 2 US-based owners. I am sure there is more DR Bigs lurking in US somewhere...this is bike I wish Suzuki build now - injection, DRZ forks, proper brakes, lighter wheels, adjustable shock and better headlight and it will be fine contemporary machine. Mine only missing injection now :)
  19. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    Looking good! Other than the speckles on the fork lower it has the look of a Honda sales brochure photo!

    Lynn
  20. pckopp

    pckopp Aged Adventurer

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    Way under $1500.

    I got this bike for free from my neighbor. I bought a chain, tune-up parts, carb rebuild parts, a seat cover, some LED lights and a couple 9V batteries to run them. Oh, and a lot of quarters at the car wash. The tires and wheels, tank and suspension were a donation from another free bike sitting in a yard not far from me. No wiring harness, no key, no battery - just enough to make a spark. With license and registration fees and lubricants I may have $500 in it over the years. I did pay a guy $20 to weld up a couple holes in the exhaust.

    I recently rebuilt the front forks and changed oil and took it for a 50 mile ride. Top speed on the flat was 63.5mph. Used .8 gallons of gas. Works for me.

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