By the way, if anybody is looking for a neat little "project bike" I have this dope CB550-4 Cafe Racer that's been sitting for years waiting for me to get some time to rebuild its motor. It'll be years until I get around to it, so if anybody likes it I'd sell it cheap..
I can answer that for you. I PM'd him about the bike and concerning price he said:
"I paid $2000 for it, but it was supposed to have just needed fresh gas and the carbs gone through- since then I discovered that it really needs a rebuild (the compression was under 100 on a few cylinders as I recall- don't remember the exact numbers as it was years ago.)
I'd like to get $1500 for it, but I'm open to offers. It's all there, just needs rings or something I guess."
1.) My brother's first bike was a CB-1 that color, mgeoffriau.
2.) That Twisted Metal chopper looks like it sucks massively to ride. It's pretty cute sitting still, though.
3.) How cheap is cheap on the CB550?
The chopper actually is great to ride, much better than most drag-bar bikes because the seat is so low that it keeps the weight off your wrists. It's a rigid, which usually beats the hell out of you, but that big 250 rear tire is fairly cushy. The only real drawback is the turn-around radius (it's a fairly long bike). And of course, it sucks hard if it rains, with a minimal fender on the back and none on the front. But aside from that, it's a nice rider.
As above, I'd like to get somewhere around $1500 for the old Cafe Racer, but I'll entertain offers. It's got a lot of cool pieces, and they're fairly uncommon in such relatively good shape.
Pretty sweet bike, what bike and year is it? Looks kinda porky, i'd still ride it though.
Edit: sweet bike Pinky, I've been wanting to build a bobber with a Buell powerplant for a while now. The problem is finding a trashed Buell to do it with, because I despise people who take good ones and destroy them for that reason.
Pinky have you tried adjusting valves? Those older bikes often have low compression from poorly adjusted valves, leaving them open all the time, or not opening them enough. Worth a check. Mine hardly started and was slow, then I adjusted and it really woke the engine up.
Anybody have any local motorcycle junk yards? I need an 07-10 Z1000 upper triple clamp, but Im not 100% sure that one will fit on my Versys, and don't want to spend $200 on a gamble on a new one. I'll send a sixer of local microbrew to anybody who can help a brother out!
I've got a question for all of you motorcycle owners. I am about to reduce my fixed monthly expenses significantly which is going to result in one of two things. I am either going to start putting a lot more money in my car and building the engine or I am going to buy a motorcycle. There is an 08' buell 1125r for a great price with 7k miles locally and after reading all of you drool over buells I am considering picking it up. I have my license already so that is not a problem. I guess my question to you all is which one sounds like the best bang for the buck?
I have realized that my car will just never be as fast as a motorcycle and the bike can even serve as a second mode of transportation if the car is ever out of commission. My only reserve with the bike is no matter how safe and alert I am while riding they are always far more dangerous then a car. What do you all think?
Dumping the money into the car will yield pretty much no return in most cases. At least with the bike you can sell it if you need to. I would go for the bike. You can still build the motor once you get the bike paid for.
If you've never ridden before, an 1125R would be a great way to become a grease stain. Liter size sport bikes are the kind of mind-bending-ly fast that you can't even begin to understand until you ride one. I would recommend an SV650 as a first bike. Especially one you can get cheap enough that you can get you money back out of it.
As far as safety goes, you wear gear every time you swing a leg over the thing, and you ride like everybody around you is trying to kill you, and sometimes you still fall off. Or maybe you slip and fall and break your neck in the shower. I'd rather take the risk of falling down while actually living life than sit on the couch because falling off the bike scares me.