Cheep Bike Challenge <$1500

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

  1. Braggus

    Braggus Adventurer

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    @DAKEZ Thanx! :beer
    I Will. I guess i can already count on a tyre replacement.

    @TheReaper! I will but i guess our government won't.

    @ben2go Thanx!

    AZbiker Thanx!
  2. jamz

    jamz Samsquanch

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    Gotta love the old XJs! :D

    Here's mine, picked it up in December for $475

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    1985 XJ700 Maxim, 37k miles. Ran and drove when I picked her up, Needed valve adjustment, turn signal and a carb rebuild (in the middle of that now), hope, she runs great when she goes back together in the spring!
  3. Braggus

    Braggus Adventurer

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    It looks great. The Maxim is more like a shopper then a Seca i guess. Do you know where Seca stands for at my model?
  4. inire

    inire Browncoat symp

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    The MAxims were the 'chopper' style and though the 750 Seca has that nice big tank, it was set up as their sporty model (at least in the first few years: it then went the way of the sport-tour models like the GPz750, GS750/700).

    Look up 650 Seca or XV920R (also sometimes lumped in with Secas) for the clearly cafe-racer inspired models of the day.

    And welcome from another AZ resident!:freaky
  5. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    Picked up this little gem from a coworker for free - he was actually going to take it to the recyclers! I guess his significant other crashed it at speed going through a deactivation ditch (culvert had been removed on a fire road) and injured herself quite seriously, so it sat neglected behind his shed for several years...

    A few pics:
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    Extremely low mileage - those are kilometers, not miles:
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    The first apparent running issue with the bike:
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    And the subsequent discovery of a more serious issue - hard left, anyone?
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    The tally so far...

    Non-running low-mileage TW200: $0
    New Seat Concepts seat pad & cover (couldn't stand the red) $180
    Replacement frame and rear fender clip from fleabay (with registration!): $185
    Still debating a plastic tank replacement: ~ $200

    Still also needs a new headlight, new speedo and possibly clutch/speedo cables. All-in, I hope to be well under $1000 for a nice little trail rig.
  6. thumpism

    thumpism Been here awhile

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    Saw one of these in traffic on the way to work this morning. A warm February day brings all kinds of things out of hiding. The rider was doing 70 in down vest over shirt and slacks, loafers and no socks. Might as well have been in his jammies. Oh, and a Captain America helmet.
  7. Braggus

    Braggus Adventurer

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    This saturday i picked up my XJ 750 Seca. Does it need some attention??? Oh yeah!

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    Here it is on transport. The engine wouldn't start during a emtpy battery.

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    After a while with a jump start it run like a new machine but it shure needs some work.
    The warning light blinked like a christmastree but after changing the lightbulb it stopped blinking and the "Head" signal on the display disappeared.

    Sparkplugs need to be changed, possible new fork seals and some parts like a headlight. The oil-filter and oil will be replaced for shure.

    The tank has some scratches and bad paint but is ok. The tyres are fine by me.

    When she runs fine i'm gonna decide what to do with the looks.

    What to do with the seat??? Should i change the cover or replace the whole seat???

    BTW: She only runs on the choke, have to look at it.
  8. jas67

    jas67 Been here awhile

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    I'd replace the seat, if you can find a whole seat, otherwise, do the cover.
    As for only running on choke, it sounds like it needs to have it's carbs cleaned.

    Congrats on the new (to you ride). Don't forget to post pics when the rehab is completed.
  9. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    This thread brings warm fuzzies to the heart. Gotta love the bikes we just don't see much of anymore being fixed up and ridden.
  10. nedc

    nedc Adventurer

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    I think somebody's favourite color is Purple! I like purple too, maybe just leave it?

  11. Braggus

    Braggus Adventurer

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    I have to make up my mind but purple??? I don't think so! :rofl
  12. BronkoRob

    BronkoRob Adventurer

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    I will play along. got this for 500. got it without hearing it run. was told it sat for a few years, and got the typical it ran when it was stored. but being so clean it was worth the risk, even if i had to find a donor bike later on. took it home and first thing i did was tear into the carb bowls, fairly clean but some gunk. tossed them back in and fired up, and ran.....well it ran. i just figured there was still some goo runing threw it. took it around the block a few time, and it sounded rough. so a few days later checked the carbs again, and the far left bowl was bone dry. come to find out the left inside and outside carb were swapped and the far left carb was never getting any fuel. now it runs great....makes me reconsider the story of why it had been sitting for so long...hmmmm. either way, i guess its my gain.

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  13. BronkoRob

    BronkoRob Adventurer

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    i forgot about this one i had last year. got it for 200 bucks, non running, with the intention to just get it running and see if i can make a few bucks. another previous owner who spent weeks trying to track down electrical gremlins and just wanted it gone, or at least that was the story. but it had a title and current reg, which is a big deal in CA.
    total money into the bike
    - what ever 4 inches of solder cost
    - a few cents of power to run the solder iron
    - and 97 cents cause i was out of heat shrink and had to buy some

    ended up being a melted wire near the fuse box. sold it about 6 months later for a grand.

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  14. jamz

    jamz Samsquanch

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    Those WERE my jammies. :umph








    Yeah, no. :rofl
  15. garbagekid0

    garbagekid0 Adventurer

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    1993 Suzuki Katana 600 w/ around 12,000 miles when i received her.

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    heres a recent pic
    it was given to me by a friend of my fathers who left it sitting in his garage for a few years. it was his extra bike in case one of his friends from Ireland came to visit him. he gave it to me because i lost my job and sold my bike and he knew i wanted to ride so he gave it to me. i expected to buy it off him or that he was going to just let me use it for the summer.
    what i've done

    -carb clean
    -heated grips
    -tinted the windscreen and front blinkers
    -tail tidy
    -new tires
    -oil change
    -new spark plugs
    -rear LED blinkers
    -new bar ends

    not the bike of my dreams but it's two wheels and all i can ask for given the price
  16. AZbiker

    AZbiker Crunkin' with crackers

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    Ya can't fuck with free...:lol3
  17. sh0rtlife

    sh0rtlife Been here awhile

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    250$ 1980 xl500s honda before..no title..not running
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    got it home blew the carb out and fired right up....so...i striped her to the bone

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    still not bothered with a title..as i havnt needed tobut ive only put about 300 into her ..paint battery new cables a seat skin grips..everythings working..she runs a lil hot and the shocks are pretty blown out ...sometime mid summer ill title her up adding another 150$ to her tab totaling out at ....700$
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    200$ xl600r(guy thought it was an xl500r) not running no title...got it home blew the carbs out ran rough..turned out to be the pickup coil....see also a 250$ xl125s
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    this 600 was a bit of a headache due to the wiring pretty well non existant..made a wiring harnes put on street controls i had laying around from a yamaha trail tech volt regs trail tech speedo seat skin lights, plate mount, titled, pickup coil, street tires..got about 600 into her but she is reliable as all hell
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    tagged and being abused
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    and then theres my newwest..the 03 zr7s that ive got about 500$ into after the trade of that chinese POS allready over 1000 miles on her and LOVING every second
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    still working on the 125s.....the engine got stuck on me AFTER i got her home and running...nothing major its just a lil rust in one of the bearings...but i need a 4pin socket to get the engine further apart
  18. AZbiker

    AZbiker Crunkin' with crackers

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    You got the fairings to fit!! Good job. :freaky
  19. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    Man....I thought that was the 750 I sold about a year ago until I noticed the license plate on the trailer.

    The "Attari" display is really something, isn't it. I learned a trick on the XJ Forum (I think that's where it was) about the "BATT" light coming back on all the time. I guess it takes a special battery with a sensor of some sort in it. I was told to run power through a couple resistors and then to the sensor lead. That keeps the light from coming back on. Maybe I can find out or remember what resisitance I put in if you want to know. You can PM me.

    Have fun with her.

    Lynn
  20. sh0rtlife

    sh0rtlife Been here awhile

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    far from a perfect fit......but definitely has one hell of a look to it...all things considered an 88 600 fairing on a 03 750 id say it turned out better than expected