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Old 05-31-2013, 06:57 AM   #706
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Low & Mean mocking up a chin spoiler
yeah, he used the chin spoiler on the last bike to hide the r/r component.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:05 AM   #707
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thanks for the offers of help with the 450. It only had 2200 miles on it when we bought it. It runs pretty good. She put 300 miles on it last weekend. So it doesn't need much. This weekend I will change the oil and check the valves. I am going to replace both rear turn signals. The PO broke one of them when he hit the bike with his lawn mower. The other one is scratched. The front brake lever is bent, so I will replace that too. Picking up all the parts today,

I have o do something about those tires, too...
Mine had like 15k on it when the clutch went out on it from excessive wear/heat. It had too many noob miles. Yours is probably better off.


A set of progressive shocks for the rear of that bike really changed it into a whole nother machine. I know it's a cheapo old bike for the missus, but it's hard to go wrong putting better suspenders on one. It's not a big cash outlay either (like 200 bucks or so). Highly recommended along with fork springs.
Those bikes have spindly suspension parts that age ok, but after 20 years need to be redone.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:00 AM   #708
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Mine had like 15k on it when the clutch went out on it from excessive wear/heat. It had too many noob miles. Yours is probably better off.


A set of progressive shocks for the rear of that bike really changed it into a whole nother machine. I know it's a cheapo old bike for the missus, but it's hard to go wrong putting better suspenders on one. It's not a big cash outlay either (like 200 bucks or so). Highly recommended along with fork springs.
Those bikes have spindly suspension parts that age ok, but after 20 years need to be redone.
agree with the suspension change, but Mrs. B has no idea, and a long list of things she wants already, so it will have to wait. Plus if I manage to sell the Nomad and get something smaller, I will probably want to change out that suspension and do some farkling right away. The budget can only withstand so much abuse at one time.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:13 AM   #709
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Granted.


And for that same mentioned 7K I could build a pretty neat Sporty... Just sayin'...

If I had 7K to spare that is....

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No, you can't.
Sorry Kraven, not only are you absolutely wrong, but at $7000 you and Randy are also about $2000 over budget on a neat Sportster.

My personal experience is at around $5000 and it would have been a lot less if I'd not got carried away with ordering from catalogs. Within that $5,000 is the price of the bike, new shocks, new seat, new handlebars, new tires, chain conversion, new pipes, new carb. If I'd have sourced all of those parts used, I could have came in at around $4,000 most likely.

Mine's a 2006 with 13,700 miles on it too. I've put 3,700 of those miles on it. So it's not old, nor used up and clapped out.

If a person is asking $5,000 for a Sportster, they'll take much less. The used market is absolutely overflowing with Sportsters right now.



EDIT: Ooops, should have read the thread a little farther down.
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Sorry, I was just messing with you, Randy.

But that would be a good deal for you.






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Old 05-31-2013, 08:29 AM   #710
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Gotta be sure you know what's going on, brah.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:42 AM   #711
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:24 AM   #712
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Local guys finally have Bolts.


I guess that means every dealer has them now? We're apparently a marketing backwater.
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:37 PM   #713
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Sorry Kraven, not only are you absolutely wrong, but at $7000 you and Randy are also about $2000 over budget on a neat Sportster.

My personal experience is at around $5000 and it would have been a lot less if I'd not got carried away with ordering from catalogs. Within that $5,000 is the price of the bike, new shocks, new seat, new handlebars, new tires, chain conversion, new pipes, new carb. If I'd have sourced all of those parts used, I could have came in at around $4,000 most likely.

Mine's a 2006 with 13,700 miles on it too. I've put 3,700 of those miles on it. So it's not old, nor used up and clapped out.

If a person is asking $5,000 for a Sportster, they'll take much less. The used market is absolutely overflowing with Sportsters right now.



EDIT: Ooops, should have read the thread a little farther down.








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Well, yeah, but I'm also thinkin new wheels, and maybe even a Storz tank too, depending on which way I went. And then there's Ohlins shocks, springs and intiminators for the forks, fork brace, upgraded brakes, head work, cams, etc... It tends to add up when you really go to town. There's just so many possibilities for the Sporty that it's hard to say exactly where I'd end up since I have several different ideas for possible directions. In truth, if I really did what I want, and had the funds, I'd start with a used Sporty in the 4 to 5K range, but I'd probably end up with more than 7K in it. But, it would still be one hell of a bike, IMO.

But still, my point was that starting with a nice clean used bike allows you to do so much more for the same overall cash outlay, or in my case much less. I have no doubt that starting with a $5K, low mileage Sporty I could do EVERYTHING I want and still end up well under what a new stocker would cost OTD.
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Old 06-01-2013, 02:36 PM   #714
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It's worth another 2500 to have a brand spanky new bike with a warranty, Bolt's linerless cylinders and roller rocker equipped heads, and no uncertain history. For my money.
You can do what you want. I like the Bolt.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:35 AM   #715
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Kraven, do you actually own a BOLT?
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:47 AM   #716
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Subscribed.......I cant wait to see how this looks when completed!
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:13 PM   #717
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Kraven, do you actually own a BOLT?
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Do you actually read this thread or just come here to grump in it?

That question has been answered.
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Do you actually read this thread or just come here to grump in it?

That question has been answered.
Yes or no would have taken less effort. I come here to rain on your Cheerios. I see you have one.
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:55 PM   #719
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Yes or no would have taken less effort. I come here to rain on your Cheerios. I see you have one.
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Yeah, but I'm in the habit of writing for my audience.
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A short review by Carruthers at Cycle News:
http://www.cyclenews.com/365/21492/R...Star-Bolt.aspx

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What sets this motorcycle apart from the competition is that at its very core, it’s still a Yamaha (there’s even a slight hint of Yamaha badging to prove it). And that’s a good thing. It means it has good brakes, the fit and finish is top-notch… it will run for days and days. And it will fire up for you each and every day. It all adds up to minimalist in looks, but not in function.
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