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Old 08-21-2010, 03:48 PM   #1
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Default '73 TC100 worth keeping stock?

hey guys. I'm here with a question. I bought a 1973 suzuki TC100. Is it worth keeping stock? It has carb. and clutch issues. but the motor does have the cool dual-speed 4 gear tranny. I found someone to work on it but haven't had the time or money to take it over there and have the work done. My idea was to get a 2000 or newer suzuki or other japanese motor to switch in there. I was looking for something in the 150cc to 250cc range. My issue is if I keep the bike getting a title is a problem with bikes this old and not sure i like the idea of getting a salvage. but i have heard of a buider's title and I do believe that would be an option IF i were to replace the engine/tranny.

So do I keep it stock and sell? keep it stock wait to fix it up then sell? or should I keep it and give it a new heart....?
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Old 08-23-2010, 06:46 AM   #2
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Getting a title is not a problem. It just takes money.

Replacement Car Title: Obtain Car Title with International Title Service

Or go through VT.
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Old 08-23-2010, 07:26 AM   #3
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It would be a shame to wreck the bike. If nothing else, post it on Cycle Trader Online's Walneck's Vintage site and sell it to someone who collects vintage Japanese.

If it's all there and resonably intact, you can probably sell it for enough to buy a runner; although not having a title will put you at a disadvantage.
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what would be the "collector's" value?
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what would be the "collector's" value?
Whatever a "Collector" is willing to give you for it....
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Thank you Captain Obvious.
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Thank you Captain Obvious.
That's code for "I have absolutely no idea what it's worth, but I typed something because I like to hear the sound of my keyboard going 'click-click-click'...."
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Old 08-24-2010, 09:55 AM   #8
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Well, "Your Mileage May Vary". It depends what the market is like in your area. I see lots of similar bikes for sale on craigslist around here (VA), and they invariably stay unsold for a long time because the owners have inflated expectations.

It's been said before: Ebay completed auctions are a good indication of what stuff is "worth". Search for similar items.

Couldn't find a TC100, but here's a nice LT2 that sold for $500:

Yamaha : LT2: eBay Motors (item 260648169838 end time Aug-15-10 18:43:43 PDT)
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what would be the "collector's" value?
NADA.com has started listing some vintage Japanese values. They've had HD and Indians for years; they're adding more JP bikes as the months go by. Another way is to find similar bikes listed and see what the "market" is doing. Keep in mind the asking and selling prices are ofen different.

My best guess without a photo?

$500 for a rusty basket case, $1,000 for a non-running, non-corroded, original bike, $1,500 or beter for a nice bike that just needs a competent mechanic to spend a day or two.
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My bike falls into the last two catagories but like pplassm said the market isn't very good here. anybody ever put something in Walneck's?
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