Cheep Bike Challenge <$1500

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

  1. Reryder

    Reryder Onward through the fog...

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    I brought a 650 Yamaha for $1450 - brand new in about 1974.
  2. 2slow

    2slow Road toad

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    Really should limit this to the current decade. Every bike I owned before 1976 cost less than $1500.
  3. nedodjija

    nedodjija Been here awhile

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    I believe that my great great great great grandfather got a horse for $0.50 in Serbian money. I guess he got the best deal of us all.
  4. spagthorpe

    spagthorpe Long timer

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    I realize we are talking cheap here. Still, every time I try to relive my past by buying an older bike like this, I'm amazed at the difference in handling and braking between those older bikes, and a much newer bike that might only be a little more money. Say for example, a $3K SV650. I know it's outside the point of the exercise, but honestly, I find it hard to enjoy those older bikes having ridden newer ones.
  5. Hank.SD

    Hank.SD Jet Measurer

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    Not a street bike, but I bought a KE125 for $15 from a dealer's bone pile. Yes fifteen. It looked pretty good and was complete. Put gas in it, literally gave it like 3 kicks, then rode the living shit out of it for 2-3 years around the farm. Never put a dime into it. I think it's still at my dad's place.
  6. El_Oel

    El_Oel Laugh. Out Loud.

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    82 Seca 650 for $800.

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    Two days ago, and rode it 130 miles home. Bought it from the original owner, and he bought it new in '84. I loved these bikes when they came out, but didn't have the scratch for one. I settled for a FT500 Ascot instead.

    Much nicer without the silly plastic windscreen that blows air up my helmet and opens my faceshield.

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  7. sportmotogear

    sportmotogear Mr. Fancy Pants

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    Good find.
  8. fish3006

    fish3006 Been here awhile

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    that's a good-looking iteration.
  9. fyr

    fyr iRoast Coffee

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    Im picking up an 86 Ninja 600 tomorrow..
    Not running.. Needs love..
    300$
    Pics to come!
  10. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    That looks like a great bike for $800.

    I always liked those bikes. Sensible, capable and good looking.

    Have fun. :thumb :thumb
  11. Dilligaf0220

    Dilligaf0220 Miserablist

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    1990 ZX-6D, picked it up with 38k on the clock and a full legit old school Kerker race exhaust for $1250. Rattlecan paintjob, new battery, new shoes and resprung the blown suspenders still squeaking in under $1500, three years later broke 100k and can still run 11.3's whupping SV butts all day long. I love the ergo's & dead stable handling with the killer motors on these vintage Kwack's.

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  12. fyr

    fyr iRoast Coffee

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    Hey Dilli
    Nice looking ride. Hard to get parts? (I think Ill be needing 'em)
  13. Dilligaf0220

    Dilligaf0220 Miserablist

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    The bodywork is practically impossible to replace (only made for 2 1/2 years), the mechanical & electrical bits you can mix & match with other Kwack's fairly easily.

    Heh in three years I've only ever seen one other D model, oddly enough a garage queen parked a block away, lol. I was thinking about streetfightering it (after some pretty rough 60k my uppers are held together with Plastex & duct tape), but just going to sell and move on to a big naked next year I think.
  14. FishHunt

    FishHunt slow poking...

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    My cheap bike = 2002 Suzuki Savage 650. Price = FREE

    My step dad caught bike fever bad a few years back and purchased a Buell Blast, 2 Savage 650's and a Honda Shadow Ace all in one years time. He let the two Savage bikes set for the last two years not riding them. He gave one to me and the other to my sister. The one I got was a 2002 with 7840 miles and a brand new rear tire. I have spent slighty over $200 (title change, insurance for a year and an oil change) getting the bike on the road again. I know its not the best bike on the road but who could turn down a free running bike?

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    <>< Fish
  15. nedodjija

    nedodjija Been here awhile

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    I agree about SV650s. These days there are plenty of first gen SV650s that go between 2500 and 3000. If you watch you could get one for around 2k. What a great bike for the price.
    All great finds. Thanks for posting your finds people.
  16. RidewCoach

    RidewCoach n00b

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    This fall I picked up this KZ 1100 for $1,100 in June. It is the most I have ever paid for a bike. My first two bikes were both CB 550s that I picked up for under $500. I bought the bike and slapped a new set of rubber on it even though I probably could have waited a season. I drove it all the way from Central Illinois to Rocky Mountain National Park this summer! I agree that the newer bikes are great with many new advancements that makes them safer and better handling. I just a guy that has never had much extra capital to spend on a bike. These bikes just always seem to fit in my budget. Perhaps one of these days, I will get a serious upgrade and get an airhead, GS, or a Wee, but until that day, I will stay in the game with a nice old vintage ride!

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  17. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    That's a great looking bike. :thumb :thumb

    All three screens of it!

    :lol3


  18. Royal Tiger

    Royal Tiger Sd Kfz 182

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    The KLX650C on the right in authentic wild 90's teal, pink, and yellow on black.

    $900 and included a parts bike.

    Daughter's PW80 on the left.

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  19. Royal Tiger

    Royal Tiger Sd Kfz 182

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    What she looked like when I sold her. Buying her back and changing it to green with black.

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  20. captainchaos

    captainchaos should know better

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    I just scored a 1996 GSXR 600 for $1000. Corbin saddle, Yoshimura exhaust. Only needed a rear tire. Will post pics soon.