Matt I disagree, the most fun is buying a couple of milk crates with parts and turning it into a "best of show" vintage machine. The problem is that these projects are way more costly in the long run,and you must have experience to tackle them. They can't be a first attempt at restoring a bike!. For a newbie,it is much better to start with a more complete/running bike,so I agree with you on that point.
> Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 21:08:37 -0800
> Subject: [PhillyVinMoto] Re: First Project Bike
> From: Matthe...@gmail.com
> To: Philly...@googlegroups.com
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First of all, you must have a place to work on a project bike.The next step is finding a bike that you really love and want when it's all finished,and not just buy something because it's a good deal. You are correct about choosing a less complicated machine for a first timer. Another important consideration is how much money you are willing to "invest" in the project. As far as which marque of bike to restore/ build I always recommend Triumphs as there are way more parts available,parts are cheaper,donor and project bikes are easier to find,Triumphs are plentiful and fun. In recent years the value of Triumphs has gone up in comparison to other Marques. Finally, there are alot of events to take your Triumph to, once it is complete......The bike in the attachment started as two milk crates with rusty parts......Have Fun.....Skip
> Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 20:53:41 -0800
> Subject: [PhillyVinMoto] First Project Bike
> From: justic...@gmail.com
> To: Philly...@googlegroups.com
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I'd steer you toward a 70's Japanese bike. For what a Brit or HD will cost,
you can get a runner and two project bikes.
A model that was produced in high volume will be best in that you will find
manuals and parts lists and parts in the form of new parts (NOS) or used
parts on ebay and whole parts bikes. Something like a Yamaha XS650 twin or
a Honda CB750 or CB350 would fit that bill. Stay away from uncommon models,
and for that matter avoid some Kawasaki models. Years ago I got my hands on
a Kawi Big Horn (model F9) and I could not even find an air cleaner for that
thing. It was all but impossible to get a parts book or service manual. I
got two parts bikes and they were all missing the same stuff. Eventually I
traded those three bikes and some PA monitors for a Suzuki T500. OTOH a
Kawi KZ400 can be found cheap and you might start with one and make one good
runner. (those engines have 4 or 5 chains inside).
Another thing to consider is starting with something that is all there, not
missing many parts, and first get it running. Once you get the engine fired
up then work on making it rideable. Then take it apart and make it pretty.
The first two bikes I restored I didn't do any more to the motor than
absolutely necessary to get it running. Later I got quite good at fixing
the engines by working on the engines from the parts bikes.
Perhaps you can find some potential projects and post your prospects here
for feedback. Maybe someone on this list has a project for you?
A Yamaha RD350, R5, DS7 might also be a good project if you like to smoke!
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