Cheep Bike Challenge <$1500

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

  1. O.C.F.RIDER

    O.C.F.RIDER Loose nut behind h/bars

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    SHIT!
    I forgot that I got this old beater for "free".

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    in the spirit of full disclosure and honesty I must tell you that I in fact inherited the MV from my Dad. (RIP Dad, I miss you and I'm keeping the battery charged up & the pilots clean. :D)

    Chris
  2. danielcut

    danielcut Adventurer

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    1980 CB750 custom with 8k miles. Pulled it out of a shed and paid $500 for it.

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  3. J. Thompson #5150

    J. Thompson #5150 300-pound Gorilla

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    Still need to finish up some odds and ends but with all new rubber, lights, seat, exhaust built from take-off mufflers and scrap pipe, and a set of bags, I'm still well under the $1500 mark. I've only owned the bike since February but by the time winter rolls around I'll have spent more on gas and oil changes than what I actually spent on the bike. :lol3

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  4. Braggus

    Braggus Adventurer

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    Awesome!!!
  5. SOS

    SOS Ignorance is a gift

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    I got the bike free from a friend a couple years ago. Blew a crank seal while tuning it and then found the frame was tweaked. Same friend spotted an F11 hulk at another a local dirt track and I picked it up for $100, good frame, wheels and partial motor.

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    It was a lot of time, but the budget was nearly nothing. With the rattle cans, title, plate, tires, piston, bars, grips, battery eliminator, gaskets and seals, etc I'm probably in it for $450 to $500.

    Have a set of motard wheels mocked up that I need to finish. It still needs turn signals, a seat cover, air box rubber and a few other odds and ends, but it is running pretty good.

    This one will stay under $750 for sure:D
  6. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    Great job. Good to see somebody restoring the smaller bikes. Quite a few beautifully done smaller cc bikes at MidOhio Vintage Days.
  7. lrutt

    lrutt SILENCE.....i kill you

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    So:

    1976 750 Honda for $1000, back in 1978 :)
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    1978 750 Honda for $450 5 years ago
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    1971 Triumph Trophy 650 traded for a stained glass window I fixed for $25
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    1965 Honda 305 dream for $400 purchased in 1981
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    1970 Suzuki T250II hustler for $1100
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    1971 Yamaha RT1 360 for $800. Still needs restoration
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    1971 CT90, free as a true bike in boxes. was my Grandpas until my cousins inherited and totaly thrashed it. I restored it.
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    1973 Z50, in a box, for $50 then rebuilt.
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    1979 XR500. Only bike I still don't have (but sure wish I did) bought in 81 and made into street tracker (a bike ahead of it's time). Paid $500 for it back then, needed some work. Great bike that I surely miss.
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  8. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Nice collection. It's cool that you still have most of them.
  9. Lesharoturbo

    Lesharoturbo Nerdly Adventurer

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    Has some warts, but i thought $1300 was not so bad. 10,000 miles, now has 13,500 :D

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  10. marine_mike

    marine_mike Banned

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    Bought my girlfriend the same bike. I got my 2000 DRZ400s for $1500 as part of the sale also.
  11. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Barbie colors. Groovy!
  12. Lesharoturbo

    Lesharoturbo Nerdly Adventurer

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    I prefer "surf punk" graphics as Cycle World called them back in the day. :D
  13. marine_mike

    marine_mike Banned

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    That color scheme is why the girlfriend got the KLX and I got the DRZ. I couldn't bring myself to be seen with the Barbie colors.
  14. Lesharoturbo

    Lesharoturbo Nerdly Adventurer

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    The guys on Harley won't make eye contact :rofl
  15. marine_mike

    marine_mike Banned

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    They will when they see the long pig tails coming outta the back of her helmet.:evil
  16. gravityisnotmyfriend

    gravityisnotmyfriend Long timer

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    I got this one for free:
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    I also got a parts bike for free too. Couldn't salvage much, but I did need the stator to get the other bike's charging system working:
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    After sticking about $200 in it for tires, brakes, battery, and getting it registered, it's street legal and very fun. Not as off road capable as I would have liked, but hey, it's 40 years old!
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    I paid $1400 for this one back in '98. Just sold it a couple of years ago. '86 VT700. Fun bike, but a bit too small for me at 6'5"
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    My most recent purchase - '94 KTM 620 EXC. Runs great, but I'll have to stick some time and money into it to rebuild the shocks. $1200:
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  17. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    got her yesterday: $800. 86 fz600 pure sports, owner did his damn best to keep her in pristine shape. even has the seat cowl!

    but not run in several years, rust starting-- a project but a good one. looks better in person, my cell phone washed out the colors- not as faded in person!

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  18. jas67

    jas67 Been here awhile

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    It isn't running, and is missing a few minor parts, but has good compression, and is decent condition otherwise. The frame paint is actually still glossy.
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    With some of its stablemates.
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  19. KTM Mike

    KTM Mike Been here awhile

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    My son picked up this 2002 Triumph Sprint ST with 22,000 miles on it about a month or so ago for $1400 (after selling off a couple of extras that came with it). He didnt have much money to spend (poor college student status!), so was looking for a project bike that would be a big step up from his 1984 Honda Nighthawk (his first street bike.). The Triumph had been lightly crashed, and various body panels replaced with mis-matched pieces. It needed some fairly minor mechanical attention and some routine maintenance - rear tire, rear brake pads, front rotors (one was warped I assume from when it was dropped, change of fluids etc. It came with a full set of soft luggage - tank bag, saddle bags, and a tail pack, along with 1 extra belly pan panel, OEM hard saddle bag brackets, and a Haynes service manual and a few other goodies. Picked it up for $1500 including the extras. As he already had soft luggage (except for the tailbag), sold off a tank bag and saddle bags for $100 - so net of $1400 initial purchase price. Still plan to sell the hard bag brackets for a few bucks.

    After some careful ebay shopping for some good used rotors, tracking down a good deal on the rear tire and brakes, and finding a low cost paint job - it looks much better now! The color is Hemi Orange from a 2008 Dodge Challenger. (the pics tend to make it look alot more red than it really is). Total into it AFTER all the the work is $2,000. We had not set out to buy a Triumph - but I had bought my first Triumph the past winter (2001 Trophy 1200) - it's great getting out for a ride with both of us on Brit bikes

    Here is a before shot - of the relatively "pretty side": I do like that BRG (British Racing Green though.

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    not as nice from this side:

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    kind of a split personality sort of look going on here:

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    even the replacement stuff that had been put on before we got it was not all that nice:

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    BUT...MUCH Better looking now! Not to shabby for as little as we have into it.

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    And here it is just before heading out to do a ride around Lake Superior:

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  20. GI_JO_NATHAN

    GI_JO_NATHAN Long timer

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    Nice! Get some stockish decals on that thing, and I think it would look much better.