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Old 02-25-2013, 12:08 PM   #16
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They're only getting more valuable...I'm not going to give it away. I'm in no hurry to get rid of it. It's only going to get more valuable
Looks like you're dealing with a delusional hoarder. Hire a camera crew and a Uhaul. Tell him you're with A&E and you're there to help him.

He's half right. 70s Airheads will continue to get more and more valuable. That bike, on the other hand, will continue to get more and more rusty. It might be of some value to a taxidermist looking to practice on the dead squirrels that are no doubt inside.

What was up with those King & Queen seats? They seem to be on every early 70s bikes that got stored and forgotten by their owner. Did everyone have huge asses in the 70s?
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:32 PM   #17
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Looks like you're dealing with a delusional hoarder. Hire a camera crew and a Uhaul. Tell him you're with A&E and you're there to help him.
LOL! Probably the best advice yet!

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Old 02-25-2013, 03:29 PM   #18
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I would tackle a project like that, no problem.. just not at that price. I might go as high as $300, though. That's assuming the take is solid, the headlight is complete, the charging system was complete, and the extra engine was actually for a /5.
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:46 PM   #19
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don't do it

Here is before/after of my $800 mini storage queen; 1978 R80/7, 21,800 miles, out of service for seven + years. Thought I got a screaming deal NOT. Previous owner couldn't solve the bad coil mystery, and then lost interest. Still trying to make a silk purse out of it. Fuel tank and seat pan wasted, stripped everything off the spot rusted frame and repainted it myself, most of the rubber bits were cracked, dried out, or missing, tires nearly new, but probably over 9 years old. Engine and trans work well so far, carb, starter, and fork had to be overhauled, tail pipes had major rust/ pin holes on the bottom, both fenders cracked. Spokes and nipples are rusted, and hurt my eyes to look at. As it stands now, I'm about at the $1,500 cheap bike challenge (orange boat cushion seat), but lusting to spend more money. It runs and rides great, but probably only worth about what I've spent, maybe. Number of wrenching and refurbishment hours over 13 months unknown -- mass hours, but enjoyable. Lots of used replacement parts have come from ebay, but that takes time too. The before and after photos don't look very different, and that's the point here.


If he gave it to you I'd take it home and ponder further, otherwise Id counsel you to buy a runner, and then have fun tinkering while using it.



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Old 02-25-2013, 03:59 PM   #20
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Here is before/after of my $800 mini storage queen...
Is that an RV next to your R80?

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Old 02-25-2013, 04:07 PM   #21
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For what it's worth I got this much more "rare" r75 /5 LWB toaster for 1k with only 19k miles on it. Keep searching, the right bike will come up. This post is purely to show how dumb the mentality of "it's only getting more valuable and rare" actually is.

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Old 02-25-2013, 04:10 PM   #22
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Yes, it's a 4

Almost done -- just need to finish painting
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:15 PM   #23
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For what it's worth I got this much more "rare" r75 /5 LWB toaster for 1k with only 19k miles on it. Keep searching, the right bike will come up...
Yeah, I'm starting to get a feel for what my dollar can get me. Thanks for the context.

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Yes, it's a 4

Almost done -- just need to finish painting
Very cool! I don't want to derail my own thread but to you have a build log online? My dad in nearing completion of an RV10. I fly a big Brown three-holer for a living.

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Old 02-25-2013, 04:30 PM   #24
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:35 PM   #25
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I would definitely buy that bike....








if it was $300
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:42 PM   #26
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parts bike...
Or a great place for mice to nest.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:06 PM   #27
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I am with everyone else here - that is way too much money for a disaster in the making. I made a trade of an old jeep for a complete 1981 R100RT that has sat idle in a storage shed for 7 or 8 years, and I can tell you that I have spent around $2000 in replacement parts and tires, etc. I think you are looking at way more money to bring that bucket of junk back to life.
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:20 PM   #28
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Are you sure that bike is in the US? Over here, it would fetch that, easy.

Y'all spoilt with your barn finds and your $1000 toasters and $100 XS650s.

Who owns a boat? Lets do business!

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Old 02-26-2013, 12:29 PM   #29
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Go away! There's nothing here.

You need to suppress the impulse to fix old things like airheads - people here will make you drink the Kool Aid. If you need an addiction, try heroin - it's cheaper.
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:28 PM   #30
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I've considered XS650's in the past, but I'm enamored with the old airheads. It's something I've been wanting to do for a while.

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There's a name for airheads in this condition....they're called "scrap metal".
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