So I’m having second thoughts about my choice in motorcycles, because this one is starting to show how old it is. The engine bolts aren’t budging, front forks need rebuild, rear shock linkage isn’t moving, and everything is corroded.
So I’m looking online and I see there’s a non running (carbs need new o-rings) 1986 Honda VFR700F for sale for $400. I mail him and about fell off my chair when he emails me pictures of a bike that is in almost perfect condition. He tells me its got 5k miles on it, a spot on the tank that’s corroded but is in otherwise perfect physical condition. New tires, the thing looks great. He doesn’t have a title, but knows the last owner well, and said he’d contact him about it to get a replacement so he can sign it over to me.
Then he tells me he’s in SOUTHERN FLORIDA (Port St. Lucie). This isn’t good, as I’m in OEGON (Portland). I don’t think I could be further away if I tried. So I’m starting to look for places that would ship it, and nothing is below 800 bucks. So 1200 for a bike thats almost perfect, shipped to my door, that needs some work. I’m tearing the engine and stuff out of it, but damn thats a ton of money.
Then again, its going to cost a bunch to rebuild what I’ve got. Fairings are 450for it (spent 220 so far). brake calipers and master cylinders were 150. New chain is 80, new sprockets are another 50, new handlebar is another 30, fork oil is 20, seals are another 30, and thats not including new hardware to replace the bolts that are rusted to shit, sandblasting and painting the subframes. So already, to get this one running, is over 800 bucks, and it doesn’t run. I could sell this one for 250 to a local guy, sell him the 150 i’ve spent, and have a bike thats near perfect with an engine I can ebay for around 300.
So keep the FREE bike, and spend 800+ to get it ROLLING, and have an engine thats questionable
Get the bike in S. FL for ~1200, sell the free bike for ~250, parts for 150 (brakes) and fairings (230) = ~630 and basically pay ~600 for a bike in great shape. Not a bad deal. I can part out the engine and such for even more profit. I’d be converting it, but the engine would be running before I got rid of it. Who knows, maybe the engine is shot, but at least, for 600, I’d have a good almost new rolling chassis that doesn’t need to be resurected from near death.