Cheep Bike Challenge <$1500

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

  1. bogey78

    bogey78 Been here awhile

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    Front page material here. Great looking shot.
  2. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    Funny. I have a similar pic with a bike that I bought for I think $1400 or $1500

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  3. zataomm

    zataomm Been here awhile

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    Let me know if you feel like doubling your money.

    Those Tiger 750's are great bikes, congratulations of the deal of a lifetime.
  4. Rango

    Rango Phaneropter

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    I like that jacket...
    ...oh, and the bike of course.
    Cheers :clap
  5. lnewqban

    lnewqban Ninjetter

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    Hello everyone!

    I am new to the forum, live in South Florida and I just discovered and have been fascinated with this amazing thread......... and with old bikes in general.

    A couple of questions:

    I can do any restoration work myself, except chroming rusted parts.
    How difficult or costly is that? How do you guys do it?

    In general, how to estimate the fair price for a project (or just old) bike?

    Example: How much would you pay for this local Seca II?:

    http://miami.craigslist.org/brw/mcy/3514069100.html

    Thanks in advance :ricky
  6. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    He needs to get rid of it.

    if you're willing to do the work and chance having to get the spark plug thrads cleaned up...

    Offer him $400 if the miles are low (i can't see that he stated the miles) and if everything seems good.

    If it's a good bike after the head-fix, I think it'd be worth it.

    For $400, you could e-bay the parts and make money I'd bet. Get it before someone else buys it for e-baying


    I'm in Pomano Beach if you want me to try to look at it, not sure where you are.
  7. Badjuju

    Badjuju Biker Billy

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    Wow! Just found this thread, so I had to put something in it. Bought this several years ago from the original owner with just over 18K on the clock for $1200(ish). Not running since approx '98 and totally gummed up in the fuel system, but otherwise appeared that it hadn't been too badly abused, chopped, wrecked, raced, stunted or anything else that usually befell these sweet little rockets. Missing a few stock parts but had all the OEM tupperware in great shape.

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    So, I pulled everything apart, started looking at used MC yards for some of the lost items, and completely went thru the carbs.

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    Got the carbs back in and tank on, addressed a few QA issues with gas leaking everywhere, freshened the brakes F&R, gave her new coolant, and put her clothes back on!

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    Still have some tuning to do to get the fueling right at mid- to high-RPM, but she runs pretty well with no electrical gremlins or suspension glitches.
  8. zap2504

    zap2504 Dave E.

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    Agree completely w/Mambo Dave. Clean carbs and clear title are big pluses. This is one of the last models in the venerable Yamaha XJ series (see http://xjbikes.com/ for all things XJ - including any parts you may need from Chacal); kind of like a heavier 550 Seca with a mono-shock rear and a sport fairing. Not sure about the chrome question as this bike didn't have much (maybe something on the fork tubes?). Chrome is usually easily cleaned up by buffing. You can get parts re-chromed (you need to specify "show chrome" or 3-layer to get the proper depth) but it is not cheap.
  9. husqzilla

    husqzilla Been here awhile

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    I'll bite: 3-layer is copper, then nickel, and finally chromium on top. The initial copper layer is usually buffed before the nickel is added. Sometimes two coats of nickel are used which makes it 4-layer. "Show crome" is simply chrome plating that someone claims looks good enough to show off. I don't believe there is any sort of industry definition of what "show chrome" consists of, although there are lots of platers who use the expression. When someone specifies "show chrome" it's best to ask exactly what the step-by-step process is to get it good enough to show someone how pretty it is.
  10. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    I may be qualified to answer this as I worked as a "polisher" and bumper straightener in a chrome shop from 1985-2000. :D
    Show chrome simply means no imperfections in the finished product--ie pits or minor scratches etc.
    My job as the polisher was to "polish" or remove the rough finish, pits, scratches and what not prior to plating.
    In triple plating, the part gets a flash copper "coat" then a copper buffing coat. This coat is actually fairly thick as far as plating is concerned, and gets buffed and actually fills minor surface imperfections that aren't removed during the polishing process, then to nickle and chrome.
    "Straight" plating is used in most production plating. In straight plating, the part skips the copper buffing stage and simply gets a copper flash coat then directly to the nickle and of course the chrome.
    Without the polishing and buffing processes, the part being plated would look exactly the way it looked before being plated--rough but in a silver color.

    Hope this helps some.
  11. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

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    I love the "Period Correct" No Fear sticker, Straight outta the 90s YO! :clap

    Always nice to see the CBR get some love.
  12. out rider

    out rider You Go First

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    That same bike was my first. And we all know how it was with your very first.

    Nice find! Wish it would have been me...
  13. Badjuju

    Badjuju Biker Billy

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    Thanks! I thought briefly about trying to remove it, but then I figured it gave the bike "a look" that you just can't achieve with Mattel Barbie pink and electric blue alone. That, and it matches the blue anodized aluminum bar ends! :evil
  14. Sidecar Jockey

    Sidecar Jockey Been here awhile

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    I picked up thos 1968 Harley XLCH for $1400 a few months back. I'm doing a full restoration... so I'll have much more than that in it when its done
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    Here is the other side (after I took off the tankand fenders for paint):
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    I bought this 1981 xj550 Seca AND a this 1978 XT500 for $700:
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    I just cleaned up the Seca and sold it for a profit, so I basically ended up with a free XT500 plus some cash.
  15. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    That XT500 looks familiar. Did you buy it from an inmate here or at Thumpertalk?
  16. manxkipper

    manxkipper Fishpistel

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  17. trevorf

    trevorf Banned

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    I bought this 1984 gs1150ef for $600, Put another $600 and here you go...

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  18. richarddacat

    richarddacat high on honeysuckle

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    Love the 1984 GS1150EF, sweet buy too :clap, I would also like to find one or a Katana.

    Good luck with it :thumb
  19. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Lucky!
  20. BigDoc

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