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Old 01-10-2011, 06:34 AM   #1
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I have tried to attach a picture of the bike but I'm not sure if they did or not. This bike is pretty rusted over and needs a lot of work, but I'm looking for one to restore and this will be my first. he wasn't sure on the year, but he was thinking it was a 66 cb450. He's asking $500 but I think he would go lower. I'm looking for people who have experience in restores and honda's. Is this one worth the time/money or should I look for something in a little better shape?
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:14 AM   #2
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This site is image-unfriendly. And no one that is able seems to care enough to fix it.

So, you need to post the picture in another site, and then put a link to it in your post here.
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:28 AM   #3
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Have you restored a bike? The reality is far more expensive and difficult than the idea. Especially on an old bike where you're chasing parts on EBay, Criagslist, etc. I talked to a professional restorer recently about it. He said if you bring him or one of his competitors a bike that is 90% complete, the average cost for a restoration is $12,000. Translate their skilled, professional labor time and effort back into your time, and you get the idea.

I suggest starting with a late model bike that needs work; one you can still get OEM parts for at the usual sites like BikeBandit, or even the dealer. If you enjoy that, then consider a 30 y/o bike.
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Have you restored a bike? The reality is far more expensive and difficult than the idea. Especially on an old bike where you're chasing parts on EBay, Criagslist, etc. I talked to a professional restorer recently about it. He said if you bring him or one of his competitors a bike that is 90% complete, the average cost for a restoration is $12,000. Translate their skilled, professional labor time and effort back into your time, and you get the idea.

I suggest starting with a late model bike that needs work; one you can still get OEM parts for at the usual sites like BikeBandit, or even the dealer. If you enjoy that, then consider a 30 y/o bike.
No I've never restored one, I've just always ridden and liked the idea of restoring one. I really appreciate your input and that gives me a lot to think about. I was going to restore it very slowly over time. I think I will take your advice and let that idea go for now and get a late model bike, and see how it goes. Thanks for the advice
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:19 AM   #5
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BTW: I spent 2 years and more money than I ever want to really total up restoring a '77 HD Low Rider. That was with a Harley-trained mechanic who did the really technical parts, while I did the grunt work like cleaning and painting. It was great fun, but I was miserable because it was the only bike I had at the time. If you can buy a runner and get a second bike for the project, you'll enjoy it a lot more.
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:57 AM   #6
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I've got a couple of good runners, a 2005 speed triple and an 09 ninja250(gas mileage bike). I was just wanting something to bring back to life when I had the spare time, but after reading your first post I really like your idea of a late model with a little work first.
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:33 PM   #7
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If I had 10% of the money I've seen my friends lose "restoring" bikes & old cars or "building" jeeps, I could buy anything on the market. I have 1 friend with a 70-something Byscane (sp) and a 70-something jeep CJ-something cloging his garage rendering it unpoerable for going on 4 years.
Ohh, and he wants to build a BSA now too, said he is gonna clear the bench and put it on there.
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Thanks, guys. You're giving me hope. I have a bunch of bikes in my garage awaiting restoration....
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Don't think I'd ever get into restoring bikes, unless of course its something from my hay day. RC30 Anyone?
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Don't think I'd ever get into restoring bikes, unless of course its something from my hay day. RC30 Anyone?
Are you old enough for a hayday?
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