The Really Cheep Bike Challenge <$499

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

  1. thumpism

    thumpism Between bikes

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    Okay, I just remembered I can play in this one. One of my customers ran a lock shop and had an early Virago that was in for new keys for ignition and tank cap. They never paid the $35 tab or picked up the bike so I bought it for parts. It was mostly complete but did not share many parts with my XV920 so I kept the carbs and starter parts and gave the rest away. No pic that I recall.
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  2. thumpism

    thumpism Between bikes

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    How could I forget my second motorcycle?!? A '72 Harley-Davidson Sprint SS350 for $300. This was back in the '80s. Also found an SX parts bike for a pittance and eventually sold the bundle to a guy who could post that purchase in this thread.
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  3. KeithU

    KeithU Been here awhile

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    How far back in time can we go? I bought this running CB400 twin for $200 in 1989, helmet included. It belonged to my night shift supervisor. He rode it to work one night and the headlight burned out. It sat in the parking lot for two months before he sold it to me because of the headlight. $200 cash and a light bulb later I was a motorcycler.

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  4. Sir Denis Eton-Hogg

    Sir Denis Eton-Hogg Tap into America Supporter

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    $200, sold for $600 2 days later (yesterday) DSC03328.JPG
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  5. ADVDucs33

    ADVDucs33 Been here awhile

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    This week has been a strange one out my way. I was at a friends place to go camping on Saturday, I pulled in with my r100/7 and find 4 Yamaha TDM 850s all in a line, I missed the memo apparently. The following morning a guy shows up with a few cruddy old bikes in his truck he wants to part ways with. He pulled them from the weeds behind his barn to get rid of, but figured they were better then scrap so he brought them up. I was checking this little cl100 out, it kicks over good, shifts, and still had the manual and all 4 keys. I asked what he wanted for it and he said he'd take $20 for it. I asked was that for the manual, he said no- the bike. I really wasn't looking to buy a bike but I couldn't say no. My friend got the next bike out of the truck- a Husky 360 Enduro (no engine) for $40. Another buddy got 2 early '60's Yamaha 60cc 2 stroke road bikes that were decent and kicked over, $80 for the pair.

    We had a good weekend. My son was happy to see a little big bike and liked camping, it was his first time in a tent. :-)

    I'm figuring to revive this cl100 to teach a few family members the ways of riding and keep it around for small road rides.
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  6. fuller1956

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    Several entries into this contest:
    '83 Yamaha XJ750MK Midnight Maxim, purchased for $150, street ready for ~$500. Waiting for DMV to re-open to start riding this one.
    '07 Suzuki DL650 WeeStrom "purchased" for $1 & a 6 pack of hard cider
    '06 Kawasaki Ninja 250 acquired for driving across town to pick it up
    '82 Yamaha XS400 Maxim purchased for $200
    '82 Honda CB900F with complete Vetter touring package purchased for $200.
    '89 Honda VTR250 Interceptor purchased for $425 with new tires, title and ready to ride! Still riding and loving this one.
    2nd '89 Honda VTR250 Interceptor purchased for $100 and in rehab now.

    Most of these entries took enough $ to be safe to ride to be over the $500 limit, but not all of them. looking for pictures of most to post when I find them.
    John
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  7. ADVDucs33

    ADVDucs33 Been here awhile

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    Fuller1956 my favorite of that list is the '07 vstrom for $1 and a 6 pack. Love it. Although a 900F sport bike in touring gear must have been a sight to see. :rofl
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  8. TonyKZ1

    TonyKZ1 Long timer

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    My '75 Kawasaki KZ400D that I bought back in 2003 for $300, put quite a few miles on it, sold it for $500 with 30k miles on it.
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  9. fuller1956

    fuller1956 Adventurer

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    I for got that the Honda did not have the Vetter panniers. It did come with a Vetter Bagman tank bag though, the harness is seen on the tank. I forgot about the XJ750 Seca for $400 too.
    John
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  10. sjc56

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    I traded a non running crusty Guzzi T-3 that I bought for $300 for this non running crusty Benelli 250c Electronica. I know he got the better bike but I have had a lot of Guzzis but haven't had a Benelli. I was able to clean off the rattle can black with lacquer thinner to reveal the poem paint. Still not really running yet. IMG_0039.jpg thumbnail-2.jpeg
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  11. sjc56

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    A friend was helping out the family of his best friend who had died and had a barn full of bikes, he calls and sends me a photo of this dusty XL knowing that I like old endure bikes from the 70's. So he ask me what I would pay? I tell him $200, voice in background yells sold. Turns out it was a XL125 with 300 miles on it,It now has a 1000 as my ti XL125.jpg ddler tour bike.
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  12. iplax13

    iplax13 Been here awhile

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    Is that an mx100? I just got a free mx80 that I am going to tear into this weekend. Hopefully when im done, I can post it on here.
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  13. Dreossi

    Dreossi Been here awhile

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    If I recall correctly it’s a 1977 DT 100, the tank appears to be from the Mx model. Great little bike, I hope yours works out!
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  14. iplax13

    iplax13 Been here awhile

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    Ive never done a "restoration" however it seems pretty simple in my case. Most of the work will just be cleaning the bike. I am not nearly looking to put it in showroom condition. Just want a running, riding, all original. I will post pictures here through out the build.
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  15. ShOqUePoT

    ShOqUePoT GS Pot

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    Bought about 8 years ago as a non-runner for the asking price of $475 with 10,000 miles and an antique oil bottle thrown in (1982 CB750K):
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    Bought a non-running 1981 a few years later for $450 with nicely painted bodywork but bike was a little crusty from sitting outside. Swapped the bodywork over to the '82, cleaned the carbs, installed slightly lower bars and all new front brakes. Here's that '82 now:
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    This is the 1981 I just got on the road. Still a work in progress, my first bike build:
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    Disclaimer: This one has way over $499 into it now but it was a fun learning experience.
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  16. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    My first bike was a Yamaha R5C...a 1972, that I bought in 1985 for $400.

    Does that count?

    It was a gateway drug...
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  17. AlpinaE24

    AlpinaE24 Long timer

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    Paid $400 for the ol husky about 7 years ago with a clean title and running, great bike and I have only seen one other for sale since I bought it
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  18. Andyvh1959

    Andyvh1959 Cheesehead Klompen Supporter

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    Since my guide has always been "one dollar per cc", then does any bike of any size purchased below a buck per cc count?
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  19. ironcast

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    WOW. I am truly impressed. The CB900 is a wonderful bike and to think that with it you also got the stunning Windjammer and luggage.
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  20. fuller1956

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    That CB900 was a good deal. The back story is that the original owner had the Vetter equipment put on at purchase and toured on it until the charging system went out and he could find no one to work on it. Then it sat in his garage for 20 ish years until his wife got tired of walking around it. I got it back road worthy and flipped it. The fellow who bought from me did a spectacular restoration on it to the other factory black/red scheme with the Hondaline fairing, removing all the Vetter stuff. His work shows me just how inadequate my basic rehabilitation appears. Mine is safe and road worthy, his is awesome...... and way, way more expensive.
    John
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