posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 01:49 PM
reply to post by paranormal78
Well a grand is hardly gonna cover an old british bike. Unless you're looking for a basket case with non-matching numbers (which also might be
difficult to get registration for). Your best bet would be looking at an older Japanese bike, in my opinion. Something from the 80's are usually
quite reliable, once you figure out how to tune the carbs properly and getting everything else running tip-top.
I have a 71 BSA Lightning, that I need to tear apart one of these days, and rebuild from the bottom up. It still runs great, but I want to put a new
coat of paint on the frame and the tank, and while its apart, I might as well tear the motor apart, and replace rings, and dig into the secondary, and
see if I can't get that little gremlin in there figured out.
The big problems I've run into especially with British bikes, is finding parts for them. There are after-market parts out there, but it takes lots
of searching, and sometimes the parts are so outrageously priced that it might be better to get a used bike for the same price as some of the parts.
For example, the needle on my speedo broke, and to get a Smith speedo, I'm looking in the neighborhood of $200 for a used one. If I wanted a
replica, that drops down to about $100.