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Sounds expensive. Have you been looking long?

Boot from the carb is more than likely part of the stock air filter. Buy and use stock filters.

No rust is normal.If it doesn't bother you ,ignore it,or try to clean it up.

The oil leaks require removing the engine and taking things apart. Have questions?

I would consider this a very appropriate Halloween purchase...

SCARY!!!
 

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Sounds expensive. Have you been looking long?

Boot from the carb is more than likely part of the stock air filter. Buy and use stock filters.

No rust is normal.If it doesn't bother you ,ignore it,or try to clean it up.

The oil leaks require removing the engine and taking things apart. Have questions?

I would consider this a very appropriate Halloween purchase...

SCARY!!!
 

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Geez you guys. Y'all sound like I should just skip on it completely and maybe I should. I haven't been looking long. I do want something that's original so I can modify it myself as a hobbie.
 

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Geez you guys. Y'all sound like I should just skip on it completely and maybe I should. I haven't been looking long. I do want something that's original so I can modify it myself as a hobbie.
 

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Even with that low of miles for a 76. I really like that model and I'm afraid there will not be another opportunity soon for a cb200 in my neck of the woods. What if I can talk him down to 1000$? Would y'all risk it then if it rode solid?
 

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Even with that low of miles for a 76. I really like that model and I'm afraid there will not be another opportunity soon for a cb200 in my neck of the woods. What if I can talk him down to 1000$? Would y'all risk it then if it rode solid?
 

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You never ridden a bike right? you have never fixed a bike? Read on this forum. CB200 is liked for its toaster tank but other than that its not special. Low miles is not that relevant. A bike with 30k miles can be much better purchase if its been regularly maintained and ridden. Sitting for a decade is not good for bikes.

You would know all this if you used the search function and read older threads.

In summary:
-buy best bike you can (its cheaper than "cheap" bike)
-buy one that is currently in use if possible
-don't buy into hype: don't buy silly models, don't put pod filters, don't turn handle bars upside down, don't put low bars (clubmans or clip ons) with stock pegs, don't cut the frame, don't take it all apart for a "rebuild".

You are asking if changing basegasket is a big job - read about it. Head needs to come off as well as cylinders, not sure if you have room for this without removing the engine. Do you have a decent garage? do you want to ride or wrench and pour money on a bike which will not go up in value at same rate as you spend if at all.
-don't fall in love with a bike or an idea of a bike. I can see you want to justify buying this one real bad. I don't think its a good idea. Be patient.

as you will see from other threads it is HIGHLY recommended to buy a bike you can just ride - even they will need mechanical love - vs. a project even if an easy one. Not having carb rubbers is a major question mark for me.
 

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You never ridden a bike right? you have never fixed a bike? Read on this forum. CB200 is liked for its toaster tank but other than that its not special. Low miles is not that relevant. A bike with 30k miles can be much better purchase if its been regularly maintained and ridden. Sitting for a decade is not good for bikes.

You would know all this if you used the search function and read older threads.

In summary:
-buy best bike you can (its cheaper than "cheap" bike)
-buy one that is currently in use if possible
-don't buy into hype: don't buy silly models, don't put pod filters, don't turn handle bars upside down, don't put low bars (clubmans or clip ons) with stock pegs, don't cut the frame, don't take it all apart for a "rebuild".

You are asking if changing basegasket is a big job - read about it. Head needs to come off as well as cylinders, not sure if you have room for this without removing the engine. Do you have a decent garage? do you want to ride or wrench and pour money on a bike which will not go up in value at same rate as you spend if at all.
-don't fall in love with a bike or an idea of a bike. I can see you want to justify buying this one real bad. I don't think its a good idea. Be patient.

as you will see from other threads it is HIGHLY recommended to buy a bike you can just ride - even they will need mechanical love - vs. a project even if an easy one. Not having carb rubbers is a major question mark for me.
 

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Yes I've ridden bikes and yes I have a mechanics mind just never wrenched on a bike. Anyway, you have some good points. I guess I'll pass on it and wait for another cb200 to pop up. Btw, for them not being anything special, that model sure does have a large following on the webz and YouTube.
 

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Yes I've ridden bikes and yes I have a mechanics mind just never wrenched on a bike. Anyway, you have some good points. I guess I'll pass on it and wait for another cb200 to pop up. Btw, for them not being anything special, that model sure does have a large following on the webz and YouTube.
 

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Yes, they are popular and people ask silly prices, and I have no idea why. They were the slowest of the CB160/175 line of bikes and don't do anything very well.

I think that a couple of people modified them and the rest just followed because they are small and cute.

In terms of value, it all comes down to what else you can get for the same cash or slightly more in your neck of the woods. CB200 is a good starter bike as it does nothing fast. The problem is that you will outgrow it pretty quickly and get tired of it's lack of power and weak brakes.

What you could do is to buy that one and clean it up and run it for a season and then sell it when you are ready for a bigger/newer bike. I would try to resist the temptation to modify it because any changes will reduce it's value as fast as you spend time and money on it.
 

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Yes, they are popular and people ask silly prices, and I have no idea why. They were the slowest of the CB160/175 line of bikes and don't do anything very well.

I think that a couple of people modified them and the rest just followed because they are small and cute.

In terms of value, it all comes down to what else you can get for the same cash or slightly more in your neck of the woods. CB200 is a good starter bike as it does nothing fast. The problem is that you will outgrow it pretty quickly and get tired of it's lack of power and weak brakes.

What you could do is to buy that one and clean it up and run it for a season and then sell it when you are ready for a bigger/newer bike. I would try to resist the temptation to modify it because any changes will reduce it's value as fast as you spend time and money on it.
 

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Isn't every bike 'worth' what you are willing to pay? Or what someone is willing to pay?

Some people wouldn't look twice at a '99 Busa for $6500. It was worth twice that to me, so I bought it sight-unseen. It's payed me back 10x. Then again, I wish I hadn't paid $250 for my '90-'02 XR100 that I have yet to get running, but maybe someone else would have paid $100 more than me and been very happy.

Do the research. Look around. Compare prices. If the bike is still around after all that, and you still have the cash, and you want it, offer him $1400 and be happy with your ride.
 
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