Cheep Bike Challenge <$1500

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

  1. feisty

    feisty Been here awhile

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    I was of the same opinion. I thought they were ugly as sin but the styling is growing on me. When you take off all the plastic and chain guards they look like an old skool cool dirt bike. It's a shame the bodywork makes them look so daggy.
    I've learnt to appreciate their relatively light weight and simplicity. I also love the fact they are the ugly duckling which makes them super cheap.
  2. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    If , I had my ducks in a row. If , this virus wasn't screwing up travel . If ,If , If .
    I'd be tickled to buy one of your finds and ride a loop around Oz , because it's a place I've always wanted to see.
    If , is the killer of dreams though. If , a Bullfrog had wings , he wouldn't bump his ass.
  3. Andyvh1959

    Andyvh1959 Cheesehead Klompen Supporter

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    Those BMW Funduro 650 singles are actually great running bikes, little porky weight wise because of the exhaust and other components. The early models used Austrian built Rotax engine, though I have no idea if it shares any internals to the potent Rotax singles common to many racing applications. The dual looking exhaust is not that, one side is the volume chamber and cat convertor while the other side is the muffler. If the exhaust is converted to something like a Supertrapp, and the fuel tank is changed to a conventional style over the frame, you've got a slim single with a Rotax engine and many other upper scale components. And I bet it will sound a lot better too. The Funduro is odd enough to find one cheap, but designed well that with a remake project could be a great unique ride.
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  4. cpazambrana

    cpazambrana Adventurer

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    Hi there. Interesting thread. I found a 1982 Yamaha 650 Seca on Craigslist for $500. It was dismantled so I offered the guy $400 delivered to my door. He lived approximately 40 minutes from my house. When he got home the keys were missing and discounted $50 for that. $350 in total. 3 weeks later when I started digging into the 5 cubes full of parts the keys appeared stuck to the helmet lock. I put around $1000 on her and she is still running good. Im running pods on her and didn’t need to do any adjustment or rejetting. I bet she could run better but for what I want her is perfect. I have owned 10 bikes from a Honda Rebel to a Yamaha Roadstar Warriior and this Seca is the best handling bike I have owned.

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  5. CCitis

    CCitis Been here awhile

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    Looks real clean ^^
  6. Chickenstrip

    Chickenstrip Long timer

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    I owned a Seca 650 back in the day. I really like the sedate design.
    What got me about it was an oil leak in the camshaft area - it dripped oil down onto the cylinders and the paint burned off. I was a bit green back then an knew nothing about stuff like JB Weld, which I think would have fixed it. I rarely see these bikes but when I do I check to see if they had the same issue - quite a few looked like mine.
  7. cpazambrana

    cpazambrana Adventurer

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    Thank you.
  8. cpazambrana

    cpazambrana Adventurer

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    Mine does not leak at all. After I put her together and fire her up I discovered that when you engaged 3rd the rear wheel would get stuck. I almost fell off the bike when I discovered this. I had to split open the crankcases to change the whole tranny. I sealed the crankcases with gasket maker as there is no gasket for that. It has worked great so far and unlike my other rebuilds she doesn’t leak. And ur right, these are rarely seen out there and I guess it has to do to this bike was only made for 1982. Don’t know why because she is a cool looking bike.
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  9. plugeye

    plugeye MC rescue

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    under 1500?
  10. Chickenstrip

    Chickenstrip Long timer

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    Ahh, true. Got distracted.
  11. nuggets

    nuggets It's all my fault...

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    Said goodbye to the Thunder Kitty today. It doesn't qualify for this thread anymore.
    I enjoyed the ride for a bit, and passed it on.
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  12. CCitis

    CCitis Been here awhile

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    Did you make money on it? Looks like its in good shape
  13. nuggets

    nuggets It's all my fault...

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    I did pretty well on this one.
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  14. kdo58

    kdo58 Adventurer

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    I bought this ninja 1100 has been a great bike.

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  15. Yellow Dog

    Yellow Dog Wanderer Supporter

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    1500 per each. I like these little tw’s a lot!
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  16. MacMcMacmac

    MacMcMacmac Reluctant Nihilist.

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    Everyone remembers Hans Muth but the guy who styled the XJ650 deserves a pint or two. XJ's on the whole are somewhat underappreciated in the UJM sphere I think.
  17. Andyvh1959

    Andyvh1959 Cheesehead Klompen Supporter

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    Da frozen tundra eh? 1.5 mile west of Lambeau
    Yammy TW200's are tough little buggers. Used many of them for MSF beginner courses for over 25 years and the damn things will run forever even if abused and idling all day. Bet they'd be great fun in the snow and sand.
  18. thumpism

    thumpism Between bikes

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    Yeah, the 550 and the 750 Secas are nice enough but just don't have that look.
  19. Chickenstrip

    Chickenstrip Long timer

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    I owned both the 750 and then the 650. (I moved cross-country on the 750, in fact.) I still like the 650's styling.

    Looking back, the 750 had too many gimmicks (the styling itself was sort of gimmicky), and the front brakes were a bad combination of cable and hydraulics. Both of them had a flat spot accompanied by odd vibrations at about 5500rpm - it was annoying. Along with that, as I mentioned before, the 650 had an oil leak in the valve train (not the gasket - they went too far when drilling one of the valve cover or camshaft cap bolts).

    After the 650 I bought an Interceptor 500 - that bike was transformative for me.
  20. redlabelmoto

    redlabelmoto Been here awhile

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    1973 (12/72) CB350. 2 owner bike that has been dormant since 2006. 8k miles. 100% original aside from Avon tires. oem exhaust in unreal condition. Dusty, dirty, 3 or 4 corroded spokes, split seam on the seat, a couple dings here/there but overall very nice.

    Engine kicks over nicely, throttle turns and snaps back, front brake works and doesn’t lock up miraculously.

    $5-hundo bought it yesterday. The owner never came out of his house as he requested a zero-contact transaction.

    “BTW, can we do this no-contact style? I put the title and owner’s manual under the seat, keys in the seat lock. You can leave payment in the mail box.”


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