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Old 07-17-2013, 04:46 PM   #1
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How much has your airhead project cost you?

I realize this question can be considered vague for any reason to make comparisons, but I'm extremely curious to learn what range of money is spent on airhead projects.

Knowing there's a million variables to be considered (owners mechanical skill level, bike model/condition, type of upgrades/modifications, etc, etc.) I'd still love to hear what your stories are...

What did you start off with? How much of the project did you work on yourself vs. a service shop, how much have you spent in parts, service, customizations, labor, etc.? Feel free to include pictures of your bike!

I'm about to buy my first airhead and just interested to hear different stories. Thanks to anyone who shares!

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Old 07-17-2013, 05:01 PM   #2
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$$ and more $$

more than I had planned and less then having someone else do it.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:13 PM   #3
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1. The most expensive bike I ever owned was a free one.
2. My project's initial cost was $400. Check out my signature for the linky. I've put $2000+ into it making it mine.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:14 PM   #4
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Built up from parts, not a re build.

Costed at Au$24,000, but I'm sure some things weren't accounted for.

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Old 07-17-2013, 05:17 PM   #5
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You don't want to know.

Ok.. I have probably about $17,000 tied up in vintage BMW motorcycles. But that's 6 motorcycles ranging from 1957 to 1974, one with a factory sidecar, a 10gallon Hoske tank, a handful of spare parts, a couple dual-disc front ends, a couple complete charging systems, and a couple shelves full of misc spare parts.

Heck, one of those motorcycles is a complete, stock, good running bike with title, and I only have $274 in it.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:27 PM   #6
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just getting started

I started with $2000.00 buy in and have a budget of $2-3k more.



Want to make something like this.

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Old 07-17-2013, 05:55 PM   #7
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Sean Smith, that looks like a good buy for $2k! R90/6? I'm looking at a 78' R100/7 with $5k-$6k total to put into it.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:04 PM   #8
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I find it's best for the heart not to keep track of such things as costs.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:09 PM   #9
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Just picked the bike up for $200. Will try to keep the total investment to $1700

Need a front end
transmission
Gages.

Anyone has spares ..let me know.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:22 PM   #10
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So far into it about $1,000 (plus the purchase price of $4K) - just purchased from my cousin, been in storage in his garage for 25+ yrs., and has 11K on the clock. (New tires, petcocks, fuel lines, battery, plugs, fluids & filters, rear main seal, oil pump O ring, clutch spline lube, carbs rebuilt, probably forgetting something - did the work myself with help - thanks again TINK.

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Old 07-17-2013, 06:25 PM   #11
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I disgust myself with how much I've put into my r90 alone.
I think I bought it originally for 2k then proceeded to put something like 8k into it in restoration costs.
I learned my lesson BIG TIME from that one. My r75 was only 1k and I've put $500 into it at most, and it should be running at the the end of that.
I realize the r75 is a rare case though...
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:28 PM   #12
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Just picked the bike up for $200. Will try to keep the total investment to $1700

Need a front end
transmission
Gages.

Anyone has spares ..let me know.
Good luck, sir :)
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:36 PM   #13
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You may find that after you buy one, Airheads have been known, by many a wife, to breed in the garage. Started out with 1 and now there are... a few more (need to be discreet in case the wife reads this!). The problem is that once you start looking for parts, you may find another bike for not much more... that you plan to scavenge parts off of. However, once you get it home... you look it over and think... well... it doesn't need much doing to it so you start buying a few parts... then you find you have almost enough parts to build another bike... so you look for another frame and engine... and the cycle repeats itself!

From the off...and to save money, you need to tell and convince yourself that you will...

1, never sell your spare parts, but you may trade or give some away to get someone elses bike running.
2, lie to yourself by rationalizing it to be cheaper to buy/fix/mod than it actually will. We all know the truth.
3, need three bikes because it just looks better than one or two... and we already know that you will buy a parts bike that will not end up being a parts bike.
4, not start looking at pictures of airheads... you will then start buying parts to build what you have seen
5, enjoy it more than any other motorcycle as long as you don't need working brakes and have thick soled boots to help you stop!

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Old 07-17-2013, 06:37 PM   #14
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That's a good idea of what you'll have in it.. Here's the thing- you can buy a good, running bike for less than your budget. Plan on a few hundred for things like tires, tubes and a FULL service to get you aquainted with the bike. The rest spent on the bike is in yearly maintenance, preventative maintenance, upgrades, wish lists etc.. On my '77 R100RS, the buy-in was $3K. I put $500.00 in battery, oil, tires etc and rode it for almost a year (as my primary bike).. before I needed to do another $500.00 to it. Then came the added parts, the Billet triple clamp, etc.
Basically, what I'm rambling about is to buy a decent runner and build it up slowly.

Where in Cincy are you?
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:12 PM   #15
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You may find that after you buy one, Airheads have been known, by many a wife, to breed in the garage. Started out with 1 and now there are... a few more (need to be discreet in case the wife reads this!). The problem is that once you start looking for parts, you may find another bike for not much more... that you plan to scavenge parts off of. However, once you get it home... you look it over and think... well... it doesn't need much doing to it so you start buying a few parts... then you find you have almost enough parts to build another bike... so you look for another frame and engine... and the cycle repeats itself!

From the off...and to save money, you need to tell and convince yourself that you will...

1, never sell your spare parts, but you may trade or give some away to get someone elses bike running.
2, lie to yourself by rationalizing it to be cheaper to buy/fix/mod than it actually will. We all know the truth.
3, need three bikes because it just looks better than one or two... and we already know that you will buy a parts bike that will not end up being a parts bike.
4, not start looking at pictures of airheads... you will then start buying parts to build what you have seen
5, enjoy it more than any other motorcycle as long as you don't need working brakes and have thick soled boots to help you stop!
Thats about the most concise truth that I have ever read on this forum
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