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….., I'm really looking forward to the expirence of building my own bike exactly how I want it and if it take a year it takes a year if it take two it takes two
Silly man. They’re NEVER done!

10 years and it still ain’t finished! On the flip side though, I hardly ever ride my R6 anymore.


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If you want to really get crazy there's a low milage 1982 CBX for sale
had to be about 8 years ago, guy on other side of town was selling one, 6-1 pipe plus all stock parts, extra engine, carbs, euro fairing, 3500 us. i think back to all the garbage i bought thru the years and i didnt buy this.
 

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had to be about 8 years ago, guy on other side of town was selling one, 6-1 pipe plus all stock parts, extra engine, carbs, euro fairing, 3500 us. i think back to all the garbage i bought thru the years and i didnt buy this.
Do you want a follow up for this one? It looks complete even has saddle bags & you've got the big US$ to do it.
 

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Prebuilt canyon carver.
I don't know if the link will post because it is from another forum...D T T.
 

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Prebuilt canyon carver.
I don't know if the link will post because it is from another forum...D T T.
I saw that earlier today. My first bike project was an RD, I like them, and that one seems nicely built, but are we to the point RDs are worth $7500 now? I'm sure it's easy to spend that much building one, but is it possible to sell one for that?

I guess he'll find out. No worry to me either way, just curious.
 

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I saw that earlier today. My first bike project was an RD, I like them, and that one seems nicely built, but are we to the point RDs are worth $7500 now? I'm sure it's easy to spend that much building one, but is it possible to sell one for that?

I guess he'll find out. No worry to me either way, just curious.
That’s what I was thinking. That’d be a great bike for around $3500-$4000
 

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Is it also your first motorcycle? Get something Single cylinder.
If I was shopping for my first ever sport type motorcycle right now it would be a KTM RC390

To make an old CB anything handle seriously, you would need to put it in an RC frame.
Thanks for the advice. When I get my first bike together, I'll take a closer look at the KTM RC390. It will be just right for a beginner.


A bit of homework beforehand, do some ballpark calculations for the following:

  • oil + filter change
  • tires
  • brake lines, fluid, possibly rebuild new master cylinder, rebuild calipers
  • fork oil, possibly new fork tubes, bushings, seals
  • new rear shocks
  • new chain and sprockets
  • New wheel and steering stem bearings
  • New throttle and clutch cables
  • New fuel lines and filter
  • rebuild petcock
  • thoroughly clean, rebuild, and balance carbs
  • new battery
  • plugs, coils, plug wires, points/Ignition

All those things are generally the MINIMUM you'll need to at least inspect before safely riding the bike. (And can vary wildly in price depending on if you keep stock or upgrade).

Now if you need to do engine work... thats an entirely different beast, especially if you've never done it before.

I would budget $1000 to get it safe to ride/running, though it could be as cheap as $500...
This amount will come out if you do it yourself or in a workshop?
 

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This amount will come out if you do it yourself or in a workshop?
That's just a list of things to check and a ball park parts budget estimate, your costs are going to depend on the condition of the motorcycle you purchase and Everything is getting extremely expensive lately. If you're dependent on a professional shop fixing up an old used motorcycle for you, at 100$ per hour + it's going to become prohibitive expensive real fast. Most shops won't even service a motorcycle they can't order parts for and manufacturers only inventory unique replacement parts for about 7 years post production, so finding a shop willing to service an obsolete model is not easy. Stick with models that are still in production if you can't fix it yourself and if you don't know how to service a carburetor, buy something fuel injected, carburetors on road vehicles are virtually obsolete technology.
 

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Thanks for the advice. When I get my first bike together, I'll take a closer look at the KTM RC390. It will be just right for a beginner.



This amount will come out if you do it yourself or in a workshop?
The rc390 is absolutely amazing, my only issue came with being 6ft tall and 250 ish pounds I'm a bit to big to get out of the wind on the highway
 

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Thats the plan for th cb something a bit bigger to get behind and some more of that sweet sweet horsepower
Problem is CB550 only has about 6 more horses then the KTM and an additional bunch of pounds, you're going to need to supercharge and streamline it
 

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That being said, I seen a nice blue CB550 RC just now on exif, but the guy has easy sunk in excess of 20 grand into it, so it's not hard for it to be 20 grand nice :cool:
 

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I'm looking to start on my first cafe race and could use some advice I really like the cb550's but can't seem to find to many of them in or around my area are there any other option anyone would recommend for a fun canyon carver I know most if not all of them will need the suspension and brakes gone through to make them serious handlers so I am not worried about that I would also need something with a little more oomph being that I'm not the smallest person around any advice is greatly appreciated

My first creation was a bobber, doner bike was $500 1982 Yamaha 650 Maxim, lots of tools, parts and money later shes done. If you take this approach, I'll share my laundry list of suppliers and pics to help you. Taught myself how to tig weld with this project.


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Went thru the entire bike and rebuilt everything, but didn't crack open the gearbox, seemed to be decent. Still tweaking the carb jet but runs great. Wiring was tricky but went with Motogaget m-unit blue which is a great way of doing things. Only one main 20 amp fuse to deal with for the charging system, all other fusing and relays are solid state which is awesome!

XJ650 engine is a great platform and pretty durable...the starter clutch is questionable but still decent however required cracking the engine case to address and i decided the headache would be too much for this build.

Next winters bike is a 1979 Honda CB650, taking a cafe racer apprach on that bike, already have the doner and starting to gain knowledge it. That doner cost 1300.00 if i remember correctly.

Good luck on your first bike! Keep an open mind, your 1st purchase is the bike, 2nd purchase better be a service manual...its an invaluable tool for torque specs, assembly processes and schematics.

forgot to mention, the house dishwasher is an awesome tool for washing parts!! (good luck getting approval)


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