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Old 07-18-2013, 09:50 AM   #46
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...bought this for $500



and through a steeeeep learning curve, ended up with this:


..and with an "I CAN do this myself" mindset, to say nothing of Yankee Frugality, sold it for $2500 and came out ahead/even. The smiles/dollar were, as they say, priceless! Put about 5k miles on that ole girl, and only sold because of a newly-found "pillion rider" who found the fiberglass hump a little uncomfortable...

I have managed to break even on all of my airheads (on the fourth now...) so it doesn't have to be expensive. 'Course I have a hard time deciding whether I like the futzing-in-the-shop best, or the riding... but the mix makes it all the better!

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Old 07-18-2013, 09:58 AM   #47
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Thanks much, gents!

Take this with a grain of salt and just as a random comparison, but this bike at Michael's Motorcycles is $3,995. I think it looks quite nice, even if you're not into the cafe racer style.

http://www.michaelsmotorcycles.com/B...eracer712.html
That's VERY close to the styling I had in mind for my bike, which sorta takes the fun out of it but it looks VERY clean, I'm calling right now - thanks!!
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:27 AM   #48
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Great, glad I could help! I think it's a great looking bike. Let me know how it works out!
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:13 PM   #49
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Costed at Au$24,000
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I bought it originally for 2k then proceeded to put something like 8k into it
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Since owing my ‘83 R80RT... I spent $41,600 on it

$40,350 on the G/S over 136,000 kms (85,000 miles)
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a rough estimate of northwards of Au$30,000.

I'm feeling better and better about what I have into mine. I seem to be among similarly sick (or well?) people.

I started off with a FREE bike, so that gave me quite a helpful bump in keeping costs down. Not including the first rebuild for the south america trip (which I've mostly recouped, by selling off parts anyway), only including the more recent HPN build, I'm at about $12,000. Of that, $6800 went to HPN, $2k to motobins for the siebenrock kit, clutch and various other stuff to complete my engine, with the remaining amount going into used forks, R-dubb triples, brand new front wheel and brake system, instruments, a short block, heads, rockers, lifters, pushrods cylinder studs, ignition, wiring, etc.

Despite the largish sum I have into it, I'm betting I could probably sell it for the same. I don't know for sure though as I've never seen an HPN for sale in the states. Of course, that's all moot anyway, as I'll never sell it.

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Old 07-18-2013, 01:17 PM   #50
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Bought this wreck for US$150 for parts. Went for a ride down the driveway & thought hmmmmm...



2nd hnd registered frame, sub frame, old front pipes $200

Forks & front wheel straightened $200

So far new valves

(hang on wife sitting next to me chatting- act normally for a moment or two till I get rid of her)

ok it's safe now

new valves however I found the missing main bearing pin in the sump so now I'm pulling the engine apart to see if there is extensive damage. You would have thought I'd have seen sense by now but i still keep blindly going on.

I aim to do as much of it as I can & spend the least that I can on it. it won't look any better than the wreck i started with when finished but it has given me something to do. If this thread was around when I started I may not have started down this path
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:45 PM   #51
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About the same as a brand new Triumph bonneville..........but I'm always the oldest bike on the ferry!
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:28 PM   #52
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(hang on wife sitting next to me chatting- act normally for a moment or two till I get rid of her)

ok it's safe now
It's never safe. Your just kidding yourself. I've learnt two things over the years when dealing with women. Never let them know your afraid and to never turn your back on them.

A few years ago I was standing with a friend at the end of his long garden. He was telling me how he was slowly working a new racing outfit up the garden , his wife hadn't said anything so he'd got away with it so far. My wife was standing at the other end of the garden with his wife being told that she knew exactly what he was up to and she didn't mind but was making him sweat for it.
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:30 PM   #53
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  • 1978 r80/7, 25 years without runnung: 500$
  • exhaust (cheap, 4 year old and already rusty) 200$
  • tank patch (there was a whole at the bottom, plus a coating) 200$
  • tires 150$
  • dyna iii ignition (that was not necessary) 180$
  • dual front disk brake with handle bar mounted master cylinder, EBC floating discs, and ss lines (people with kids, or a loved one, or some parents should want that): 800$
  • battery: 150$
  • the list that is scary: most of the engine seals (oil pan and timing cover, rear mail seal, pushrod seals), wheel bearing, fork rebuild, bolts that cannot be reused (drive shaft and flywheel), starter relay, shaft drive boot, S handlebar, clutch and carb cables, having a key made, ebay seat and seat rail, mirrors (the pan and the rail and the mirror were really rusty), gas tap, carb parts... I'd say 1000$, at least
  • tools: I had nothing so i had to buy regular ones such as a torque wrench but also a few bmw specific, such as the one to remove the swing arm (supposedly I could have made that one if I had skills and time), the one to install the rear main seal (maybe I could have done without that one but I did not want to fail the installation), the exhaust wrench (I couldn't do without it): 100$ for bmw specific tools
  • lots of chemicals
Now, the bike runs really well, is leak free (although I still can't trust it as well as my st1100), looks ok (some people would repaint it, but they're silly), brakes well, and is slow (that's normal, and actually appreciated).
Yuk, I don't want to do the maths.
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:33 PM   #54
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Yuk, I don't want to do the maths.
$3280 plus chemicals.
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:48 PM   #55
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hang on let me get this right

you're meant to spend money on them! is that what you are saying?

I don't get that concept at all
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:48 PM   #56
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I had about $15,000 into this one, including the purchase price of $3500. It had just about everything done to it that was available for airheads, and when I put it up for sale, the feature sheet was 2 pages long. All the work was done by Anderwerks BMW:




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Old 07-18-2013, 02:57 PM   #57
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Here's an honest suggestion.. If you're going to Cafe it, SAVE ALL OF THE PARTS you take off. When you figure out just how fricking great of a road bike the R100 is (and how uncomfortable a Cafe is for trips) you'll want those parts back.
I like the LOOKS of a Cafe bike, but for the riding I do on both my oilheads and my airheads, the comfort factor is hard to beat.
My interests were different years ago, when my hands hurt less, I could lift anything with my back and I could twist up like a pretzel with a smile on my face. With age comes the realization that Cafe bikes are not for me! That R100 will be incredibly comfortable for trips from one day to one year..
Cafe it all you want, but when it's time to make it more than just a pub-to-pub bike, you'll have the original parts to put it back together!
But most of all, HAVE FUN WITH IT!!
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:18 PM   #58
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Every now and then I consider going and buying a new machine. If I did the bike that would most suit my lifestyle would be a GS BMW. I was very tempted when the r1150gs adventure came out. But when it came down to it I liked the Air cooled vibe, felt comfortable with the old school technology and complacent with the performance. These days a new r1200gs "rallye" in Oz is circa 26k base.

This one I had built in 2004. Not a restoration but every part new or reconditioned. When finally registered and on the road it cost a little over 22k. at 10,000 km I had to sell it...and returned only $17500. My only input into this bike was the design and specification (at the time I was living in Tennant Creek in central Australia). It was constructed by a BMW specialist.



But once bitten....Currently I have another one in construction. Similar but not the same as above. Saving some cost I have personally purchased most of the components opportunistically over the past three years, gabbing bits on sale, or when the dollar was ripe. Then I have sold parts and swapped parts for parts from a donor r100gs. So the current build has about 12k invested on a 5k donor bike...and is still a work in progress. In the end though it will be as a new bike and is still my choice over the more costly latest incarnation.

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Old 07-19-2013, 02:06 AM   #59
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[QUOTE=Tanami;21900180) But once bitten....Currently I have another one in construction.[/QUOTE]






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Old 07-19-2013, 11:29 AM   #60
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Here's an honest suggestion.. If you're going to Cafe it, SAVE ALL OF THE PARTS you take off. When you figure out just how fricking great of a road bike the R100 is (and how uncomfortable a Cafe is for trips) you'll want those parts back.
I like the LOOKS of a Cafe bike, but for the riding I do on both my oilheads and my airheads, the comfort factor is hard to beat.
My interests were different years ago, when my hands hurt less, I could lift anything with my back and I could twist up like a pretzel with a smile on my face. With age comes the realization that Cafe bikes are not for me! That R100 will be incredibly comfortable for trips from one day to one year..
Cafe it all you want, but when it's time to make it more than just a pub-to-pub bike, you'll have the original parts to put it back together!
But most of all, HAVE FUN WITH IT!!
Completely agree. I'm 30 so I'm not too worried about it being uncomfortable to ride around the city for now but I definitely want to switch out some parts for long rides.
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