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I want a cheap motorcycle

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Reagan40, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. Reagan40

    Reagan40

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    I have decided that I am finally going to get a motorcycle. I have always wanted one, but my wife and I have never thought it was the right time to spend money on such a toy. I talked to my wife about it yesterday, and she said if I can buy it by selling a gun, she has no problem with it. I know this is going to be a cheap and old motorcycle, but I figure it would be best to learn to ride with something that is not too expensive or powerful.

    I have been looking on ebay at 1970's Honda, Yamaha, and Suzuki 350cc and 550cc "cafe racer" style motorcycles. I am pretty handy mechanically, and I want something to tinker on as much as ride. I really would not mind finding something that needed a lot of work if I could find it cheap.

    So what are your opinions, thoughts, and advice? Am I crazy?
     
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    What's the price range?
     

  3. Reagan40

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    It will probably have to be under $600.:rofl: I am planning on selling an AK to get it. Like I said, I am not afraid of doing some repairs.
     
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    Find a '69 to '81 amf Harly if you want something to tinker on as much as ride.
     
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    skanless IPA ISLAND

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    That is cheap. :faint:
     
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    <<< awaiting the post by Retseh on how motorcycles have killed everyone he's ever known...HH
     
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    All I can say is, before you make a purchase get online and make sure there are plenty of parts on the market. Nothing worse than buying a project and later finding out that parts are difficult to find.
     
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    skanless IPA ISLAND

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    :agree:
     
  9. Reagan40

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    That is a good point. I have rebuilt a couple of cars, and the one I enjoyed most was an old CJ. Parts were everywhere. So far, the bikes I am looking at seem to have plenty of parts available.
     
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    600 isnt really a "budget" to get a motorcycle
     
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    perhaps not a really nice or cool one, or one that is ready to ride... but they are there. I am finding several on ebay and craigslist.
     
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    A "Universal Japanese Motorcycle" from 1980s can be a good cheap starter bike. Pictured below is a 1983 Suzuki GS650.

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    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    If you don't mind some serious elbow grease, something Japanese in the 70s or 80s will do.
     
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    A clapped out '70s CB or kz can be had pretty cheap. I'd think $600 should get you one to truck home, and $800 one you can ride home. I've rebuilt a couple cb350s and a kz305. Aftermarket is no longer there for much other than tires, but if you can find a salvage yard/shop, stuff like drag bars, carbs, pegs and cafe fairings are pretty generic and can be adapted to many different models.

    Here's some motivation:

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    Could you sell 2 guns and double your budget? I hope that $600 doesn't include the bike + parts for repair...

    Herb: What's the info on that orange Honda?
     
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    davew83 hhhhhhhhmmmmmmm

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    fixed it for you

    :supergrin:
     
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    That's not much budget. I normally recommend people budget $600 to $1,000 for riding gear: helmet, jacket, pants, boots, gloves, etc.
     
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    Not mine but I have no pics of the one I restored just like it, a '73. When I got it it had a rusted out tank, jinky wiring, one of those huge Purple Rain style fairings and a 3 ft. high sissy bar:rofl:.

    I stripped it down and rebuilt the carbs, got a tank from the wife's (gf @ the time) uncle, straight bar, Dunlops, etc. Loved the scrambler pipes so in keeping with the theme I painted it all over w/surplus OD paint. The year we dated we went everywhere on that bike. The original dual-purpose machine. Sadly it was stolen right before the wedding. :crying:
     
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    I would look for an old 80's model Honda CB360T or similar. I loved mine until I flipped it one day when I mistook it for a dirt bike.

    My actual suggestion, which may not be up your alley at all, would be to find a nice older Kawasaki KLR650. Very fun bike.
     
  20. mad.gunsmith

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    don't forget you need
    helmet, jacket, pants, boots, gloves.