How much has your airhead project cost you?

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by offtrackplanet, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. Bulldust

    Bulldust Bulldust

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    A ground up rebuild, no expense spared. Cost far too much. I have 7 Airheads in the garage at the moment and many spares.
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  2. jbcaddy

    jbcaddy Long timer

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    Cost? don't remember what I paid for it years ago.:D I'm doing a complete redo from bare frame up. purposely do not keep a record of what it is costing me. When I am done, if I had the money I will spend, I will without a doubt have spent more than what it would sell for if I did sell it, which I will not. It's a '71, I've had it since '73 or so and will probably have it until I croak :evil Overall it is good and cheap therapy :deal
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  3. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Mine wasn't a project initially, I made it that way by breaking shit and running it into the ground. It has never been down for longer than a week since it's the only 2 wheeler I own. Initially paid 2500, shipped it for 500, probably have over 6 K in it. That is after buying it in '07 and putting an average of 11k miles on it every year.
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  4. r60man

    r60man Been here awhile

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    I got my current airhead when my father passed away. I rode it and rode it and finally I had a serious issue so I put it up. I recently resurrected it and I think all told probably about $2K. But spending little bits here and there, so the wife doesn't bat an eye, besides she is busying buying fabric for quilting projects so she doesn't notice so much.
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  5. backdrifter

    backdrifter Wannabe rider

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    Ground up, nuts and bolt restoration, new just about everything - in the neighborhood of $6,000. 99% of the labor done by me, of course, so not much labor cost. I got the bike for free, and consider the cost a steal considering the end result and how much I'm enjoying the bike.

    Went from this:

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    To this:

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  6. kadesean

    kadesean eyesuck

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    My first airhead was a '79 R100S. I still know where the bike is and who owns it. At one time I got to $12k on what I had spent on the bike and repairs. Bear in mind that bike was in great shape cosmetically and not crashed. I spent a lot on professional help that at this stage of the game I wouldn't have to. I'm perfectly fine with every nickel I've spent. All total I've had 5 airheads (still have two, although one is available) and I'd guess my total bill would be around $22k and I still own 2 bikes :)

    I like airheads. Hope to never be without one.
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  7. pbarmy

    pbarmy Long timer

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    First off,I love my airheads.I consider them all projects.That's why my R90S is on the block this weekend @ Mid Ohio.Need$for the next one.Lots of $ is my answer.:eek1:evil
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  8. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    That's a good one. :lol3

    I don't really know. I don't keep records or even a pile of receipts.
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  9. offtrackplanet

    offtrackplanet Adventurer

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    Ron, that's how I envision building up my first airhead...I'm trying to find one that's very mechanically sound I can start riding right away with just the minimal maintenance and upgrade/customize as I go along. I got my eye on a '78 R100/7 at the moment going for $3k that seems to be running well and has been fairly well maintained.

    I live around OTR/Downtown in Cincinnati.
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  10. offtrackplanet

    offtrackplanet Adventurer

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    That's awesome, it's a beauty!
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  11. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    Mista Vern has it down pat:
    "I find it's best for the heart not to keep track of such things as costs."

    Costs at beau coup bucks. Haven't kept up over 40 years. But I'm sure it's less than the cost of several new bikes over that timeperiod.

    Let's put it this way. On my every-few-years major A&P on my bike, over the next few weeks I'll be bolting on almost as much in parts as the bike is worth. And will end up with a bike that is, to me, priceless.

    Corollary to the Vern exposition: ya cain't take it with you.

    --Bill
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  12. Houseoffubar

    Houseoffubar HoFmetalworks.com

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    I'm about $5.000 into mine so far, but I figure I can get a cool $3.500 out of her when done! :lol3
    Doubt I could ever sell her though.
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  13. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Last time I added it all up I've got about US$7k in Gus, excluding normal maintenance items, & including the US$2.7k purchase price. I could probably sell here in NZ for about US$2.7k so economically the extra spend wasn't justified. I've had him 3 yrs, so an okay spend over that time, & way less than I'd lose to depreciation if I bought a newer bike.

    Someone called Gus a bitsa the other day, & I was a little offended for about a minute. At 218,000 kms there was never going to be value in an 'as new' restoration. There is some pride in wear patina (but not rust).

    I doubt that I'd ever sell.

    1/2 the fun of Gus is changing things. :D My wife knows I'm a happier person if I've spent some time riding or pottering around in the garage. Best not to let the wife see the spend spreadsheet though (she does know generalities but doesn't need to see things laid out baldly)..
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  14. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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    Are you nuts? My wife can access this site!
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  15. Malindi

    Malindi Zen Adventurer

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    Bikes are not cheap. Prior to my 2006 round the world, I planned everything as much as I could (yes, I am a bit OCD). It was not cheap. Here’s a link to my 2006 budget and actuals, including the 2006-2007 trip costs. I bought the bike in Arizona, sight unseen. Flew there, rode it back, stripped off stuff I didn’t want (see sold items under “Other”) and built what I wanted. It worked well, as I am currently, 7 years later, on a 2nd round the world trip and all I really changed out on the G/S are the Touratech bags (there were crap).

    http://www.nohorizons.net/Pages/RTW costs.htm

    Since owing my ‘83 R80RT, bought in 1999, I spent $41,600 on it, purchase, fuel, insurance (about $1,000/year in Canada), repairs and maintenance (own labor, just parts) over 220,000 kms (137,500 miles)

    $40,350 on the G/S over 136,000 kms (85,000 miles)

    36.8 cents per mile fully blended for both bikes. Not bad if you see the cost of new bikes and insurance etc.

    Given what people spend on new bikes, it’s a steal to ride an airhead, but the costs can be astronomical in real numbers if you ride a lot and travel a lot on it.
    I don’t even want to know what I spent on shipping the thing around on my current trip …. 

    So it really all depends on how dysfunctional you want to get, but it can get real bad…. 

    Wait till I get back home and start doing a frame-up rebuild conversion on my RT to shed the fairing and go with an “S” fairing like this guy did:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=879502
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  16. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    As with my bike, this one was also built up from various parts. The builder/owner gives a rough estimate of northwards of Au$30,000.

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  17. Ron Bernert

    Ron Bernert hiding in plain sight

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    I've got a couple of suggestions, then.. On Tuesday nights, there's a bike night at The Comet on Hamilton Ave. People get together around 7:00 or so, and there's a few airheads that show up. On Thursday's there is O'Malley's in the Alley. Show up, ask questions, kick tires.

    Try Lenny at Autobahn Kraftwerks in Northside, while you're at it. He may be able to check it out for you.

    An R100 is a great bike that you can grow in to, tour on, ride it in town and it'll serve you well if you maintain it. The key is NOT counting the pennies, buying quality parts and not running it into the ground.
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  18. Ron Bernert

    Ron Bernert hiding in plain sight

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    Oh, and $3K for a well maintained R100, clean title and decent looking isn't a bad price.
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  19. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    Less certainly is more in this case; very nice.
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  20. some_guy

    some_guy Been here awhile

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    Bought my 95 R100RT last summer for $2150. It was pretty much road worthy then, but not that pretty. I've put somewhere around $500 into it mostly in BMW parts; cables, rubber bits, carb rebuild kit, caliper rebuild, so on. Still not that pretty but hey, at least I'm not riding a GSXR like every other kid I know.
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