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Beat up bike for Leaner

Discussion in 'Bling and Appearance' started by Iondah, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. Hi All, I'm a learner in Melbourne looking for my first bike. For some crazy reason, mainly budget I guess, I'm attracted to cheap unusual early model bikes, most of which need some work to make road worthy. (No I dont want a chook-chaser instead)

    The dilema is that I don't know a lot about bikes or mechanics in general. However, I'm attracted to the challenge and I'm willing to learn - I just dont want it to end up costing me more than a working bike would.

    I recently came across a Kawasaki BR250 <how do you post pics?> who a friend of a friend is selling. It's a 1985, done 28,000k. He's asking $1200 for it as is (I'd probably give $1,000). It's been sitting idle for about 18 months and no longer starts. The bike has no evidence of a crash and apart from sitting for a long time looks to have been well looked after.

    Things that (I know) need recplacing are:

    - Carburettor (~$100 from Motorbitz) / reason for it not starting so I'm told
    - Mirror
    - Kill switch
    - Horn switch and cable
    - clutch lever (damaged, not missing)
    - Indicator lense cover
    - Rear tyer

    So I have questions:

    - Is it worth getting a mechanical check to tell me how much it would cost to road-worthy? (Will a mech. be able to do this?) Does anyone know someone who could do this check and provide a pretty reliable estimate?

    - Has any one had experience with this sort of project before? Good/bad experiences?

    - If I decide to take the plunge, is there someone in the Glen Waverley area who would be willing to teach me a thing or two and fix this bike up? (Or even come to check it out with me)

    - Does anyone know where I can get a checklist of what is needed for a road-worthy so I can check some more things myself?

    I guess my feeling is that if I can get it really good and it gives me 18months reliable commuting to the city and ends up costing <$2,000 then I will have done alright. Any more than this and I might as well fork out the extra $1500 for something actually good.

    Thoughs/Advice/Comments greatly appreciated.