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    Question Going for a new build, thoughts on this CB450?

    I'm having trouble justifying the price here. Bike is not running and partially dissembled. Sounds like there's been a gear issue that may be due to gunking. Seller is asking $2000, I have talked him down to $1250. I think this is still way over price. Does anyone have any thought or advise here?

    Thanks!!!
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    A lot of that depends on how experienced you are, what the bike actually is, and what you plan to do with it.

    Also I am assuming that the rear of the frame past the shocks hasn't been cut off.

    Let's start with the basics:

    1) is it actually a 1968 or 1969 cb450? If so does it come with the missing stock parts?

    2) are you a mechanic by trade or hobby? if so do you have expirence with working on motorcycles

    3) How custom do you want to get with the finished bike?

    4) where are you located?
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    Thanks for the reply!

    1) It's actually a 1972 CB450. It comes with all the missing stock parts. The story is that it ran great and was taken apart to mod the frame (drop and shorten). The frame mod appears to be a pro job. They then gave it back to the owner to re-assemble, the owner had developed cancer, and so the seller took on the project and couldn'y figure it out. That's the story, who knows what the truth behind her is though..

    2) Hobby, I have moderate experience working on bikes but have admittedly run into some luck and haven't encountered any huge issues.

    3) I really like the overall theme this bike is going for and wouldn't customize too heavily.

    4) New Hampshire

    Rich

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    Its actually hard to determine what year it is as that tank is misleading, it looks similar to a 68/69 K1 450 tank but I don't think it is, it looks to be from something smaller..
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajordan View Post
    Its actually hard to determine what year it is as that tank is misleading, it looks similar to a 68/69 K1 450 tank but I don't think it is, it looks to be from something smaller..
    Yes, my mistake for not being more clear. It is a 1972 CB450.

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    is a non-running CB450 worth even $1,000?

    What is a stock/running/rideable version worth?
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    Fuck all of you guys. Get into your little circle jerk and have fun. Thought this may be a pretty cool message board but damn, you guys are assholes.

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    It's difficult to put a value on something we know nothing about though... $1,250 seems high and I would think even $1000 seems high for what I see in the photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajordan View Post
    It's difficult to put a value on something we know nothing about though... $1,250 seems high and I would think even $1000 seems high for what I see in the photo.
    Thanks, that's what I've been feeling. I've also been considering this 1982 CB900:

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    I'm just not sure I love the look compared to the 72 model. It's listed at $600 bucks with these issues:

    Needs lighting figured out (headlight and front blinker turn on, no other lights turn on)
    Starter sounds like it is on the way out (sometimes sounds like gears missed and there is a whirring)
    Throttle cable is connected backwards
    Missing starter cover
    May need fork seals

    Any thoughts?

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    hard to say without looking at the "frame mods".

    I can tell you right off the bat there are a few things that need undoing:
    - The 11" shorty shocks in the rear need to go
    - the pod filters go in the trash
    - the completely missing battery box
    - The cross brace between the rear frame rails that the PO cut out.

    It looks like they cut out some pretty significant cb450 cross bracing and didn't put anything in to replace it so....

    I am going to say for someone looking for a 450 to make into a race bike that can weld and undo some of the po's mistakes with the frame, it might be a good deal (not great, just good), but for you it probably isn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RJordan09 View Post
    Thanks, that's what I've been feeling. I've also been considering this 1982 CB900:

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    I'm just not sure I love the look compared to the 72 model. It's listed at $600 bucks with these issues:

    Needs lighting figured out (headlight and front blinker turn on, no other lights turn on)
    Starter sounds like it is on the way out (sometimes sounds like gears missed and there is a whirring)
    Throttle cable is connected backwards
    Missing starter cover
    May need fork seals

    Any thoughts?
    run the fucking opposite direction from this. unless he is paying you $600 to take it. Then part it out and use the money to buy something else.
    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
    - Samuel Beckett
    A tool is just an opportunity with a handle
    - Kevin Kelly

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