The Really Cheep Bike Challenge <$499

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by ADVDucs33, Jun 5, 2020.

  1. ADVDucs33

    ADVDucs33 Been here awhile

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    I've posted in the Cheep Bike Challenge thread quite a few times over the years, but I think we need a more challenging challenge, $1500 can be too easy! For those of us really cheap frugal penny pinching tight wads, here's the game.

    Bike plus the parts & repairs stays under $499. Dirt, street, scoot, whatever.

    Here's my current tightwad bike. I was in it for around $382 bucks last fall when it was completed, then I sold the tank that was on it for $160, and slapped on a $10 swap meet tank. I've put just over 500 miles on it over the spring so far. $232 in it. My helmet cost me more.

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    What have some of you guys put together and ridden around for real cheap?
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  2. radguzzi

    radguzzi The Journey is the Reward

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    This is awesome... If there is one thing I dig more than buying motorcycles it is buy them for Cheap (or spelled Cheep here...)

    So I went out to a remote island off the coast of Maine last weekend and scored this '71 Triumph 500 T100R Daytona. I will not tell you how much I paid for it however, I posted the score on the other Cheep Bike Challenge...

    This qualifies for this category too. By a lot...!

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  3. brg

    brg 1977 XT500, 2000 ST1100, 1995 r100r Mystic

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    I posted this in the other cheap bike challenge, less than $1500.00, but it qualifies here too, as it sits, I have about $500.00 in it. It came heavily modified with the usual expensive mods, pumper Mikuni carb, full FMF exhaust, IMS tank, all the usual performance farkels, but also had the stock parts included. It had sat for a while and after rebuilding the stock carb, replacing the exhaust, and basically restoring back to it's stock condition and selling off the take off parts I have about $500.00 in it today. The rear box was one I had on another bike I moved over. I did keep the Cogent suspension, on both ends, a worthwhile upgrade. dr650_098.jpg
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  4. bringenufgun

    bringenufgun Been here awhile

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    likin' the CB350F tank on it.
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  5. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley Long timer

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    I think I am going to have to put this thread on ignore just out of frustration, the days of cheap bikes are long gone here and you will struggle to get anything that has not been used as a boat anchor for the last 10 years for that price this side of the pond.
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  6. thumpism

    thumpism Between bikes

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    Damn, my old KLR was over by a buck. Guess I have to keep trying.
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  7. ddavidv

    ddavidv The reason we can't have nice things

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    Deduct the value of the milk crate and you're in.
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  8. smack doogle

    smack doogle Been here awhile

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    Does it count if you buy a bike, hit a deer and total it, and the insurance payout is more than what was originally paid for including the buyback? If not disregard.
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  9. ADVDucs33

    ADVDucs33 Been here awhile

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    May as well be good to add in, you did choose to buy it back and revive it for further riding shenanigans, right?

    Lets see it!
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  10. hugemoth

    hugemoth Big Brother is watching you!

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    Found this 2005 Zongshen 200 on ebay for $125. New condition with under 200 miles. Nice little bike with a CG engine and a Beta Alp clone frame. Sold it a few months later for $750. tmp-cam-1882942760.jpg
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  11. smack doogle

    smack doogle Been here awhile

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    Ok well here's my VFR with a very interesting life. Was originally bought new in Australia. '98 VFR800, #38. Owner moved back to US and brought it with him. 1 week after arrival in Washington DC it was stolen, crashed and recovered (this was in 2002?). He put on new bodywork (that was all the damage supposedly) and then stored it covered outside until 2015. He put on new tires, changed the fluids and put it up for sale with 13,000 km (~8,000 miles). I bought it for $1200. It was crusty but ride-able. I cleaned it up, put on a top case, exhaust ($200 Danmoto), and a JDM rear shock ($320), race tech springs ($110), used corbin seat ($50), and this was it in 2016.

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    Summer 2016 I hit a deer on my way to teaching my MSF class lol. Bodywork and deer dead but VFR stayed upright. Geico totaled it but the full coverage and accessory add-on paid out very well. I bought it back for $500 and still got a check for $2300.

    Since then, cheap paint job $150, SS brake lines for de-link, rotors, misc parts $350 ish. Amazon spoiler $26, condom-less mirrors $50 (other stuff I had laying around like the topcase, levers, ram mount stuff, dirt bike handle bar, etc.), led lights $50. All in I'm somewhere around $600 - $800 but keep in mind with the insurance I had extra money so all said and done I'm around $500. But this is surely not the recommended way to get a cheap bike under $500.

    Now with 70,000 km this is the result. She's seen roads all over the east coast, Texas hill country, and more exploring to come. Maintenance items not included in factoring these numbers.

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  12. thumpism

    thumpism Between bikes

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    Speaking as someone who stops to pick up milk crates along the roads for use around the house, I can proudly state that not one was ever bolted to my KLR. That's why I had to sell it. They kicked me out of the club.
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  13. Richarde1605

    Richarde1605 Long timer

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    A Japanese Ozzy does well in the states.

    The v4 was popular here for good reasons

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  14. ddavidv

    ddavidv The reason we can't have nice things

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    I didn't have a milk crate on mine but I did bolt on one of those Rubbermaid 'Action Packer' things.
    I still have it and all the hardware to bolt it to another KLR...so if anyone out there needs one...
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  15. Manks

    Manks Been here awhile

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    So here's my latest. I'm rapidly approaching 200 bucks. I also have it's twin, but it cost too much for this thread.

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    Here's what it will look like. Eventually.

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    Well, close, at least.
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  16. Dreossi

    Dreossi Been here awhile

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    I had a good run on little trail bikes last summer. I was on the hunt for projects that I could sort out easily and use the bikes for family fun.

    First was this ‘77 Xl 175 for 200$ 75DD1E15-54A0-4956-9FB7-C9E2051C70EA.png
    Needed a coil and a nut welded on the kickstart shaft. The boss likes it.

    Then this Xl 100 from ‘73, it was comparatively costly at 250$. Needed a battery and the usual carb cleaning. 5919CB94-B411-4EE7-90FA-632D3887D7AB.png
    I couldn’t stop, so in the fall I bought this late 70’s two stroke. I had able to test ride it, hence the princely sum of 300$. 03543316-D748-4097-BC41-6C4F5B639678.png
    All bikes have been in use since. I’ve not seen any deals this year, I’m glad I stocked up.
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  17. darmst6829

    darmst6829 Been here awhile

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    cheap bikes equal rotted carburetors and rusted out fuel tanks.
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  18. Generalmisconception

    Generalmisconception Generalmisconception

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    Every trail 90 in this picture was a sub $400 purchase. They are out there but you need laser vision and persistence. Helps to have a truck and free time too.

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  19. PBOB

    PBOB MOTO NUT

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    Cm400t $400
    Cm400a $50
    Cb360t $10 yes $10
    Cx500t $50
    Kz550 $200
    Xv750 $120
    Kz1300 6-cyl $120 (trade for above)
    Riva125 $400
    Ninja 250 $400
    Twin star 185 $200 (I can’t remember)
    Xs400 $300 (I think)
    Ct70 trail free
    Xs650 trade for ct70, but then gave it back PO bc he was a friend and all around good guy....
    And I’m sure there were more. And all of them have pretty interesting CL stories.... along with the 20 other bikes I’ve owned the last 10-12 yrs...

    great thread love it
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  20. Ozarkroadrunner

    Ozarkroadrunner Been here awhile

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    I was given this 1963 Honda CL 72 (250cc) free. The previous owner had given up on it after being torched by some of the keyboard warriors on 305.com. When I picked it up, it was in pieces on his front yard. My wife and I put it back together in the back of our pickup. It was supposedly a race bike in the 60s and was then turned into a street custom named "Lady Luck" in the 70s. Notice the metalflake gold knee pads on the tank. It is in surprisingly decent condition for its' age and the circumstances. I have no intention of doing a restoration as the world is flooded with overpriced restored Honda Scramblers. It will end up back in race trim or maybe a mild street custom.

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