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    So I went to help out a buddy sort out a few electrical gremlins from his R75/7 today. Do to some family issues he is moving from sunny southern Nevada to the rusty side of Washington state. Trouble is that he has 4 very worthy project bikes that he can't take with him, and I am at my stay married limit of 3 right now. I might get away with 1 of them but it is going to have to be a back yard project.

    Bike 1. 1986 Honda XL600R Red engine, white frame, blue seat, gold legs and rims. My personal favorite color scheme for the series.
    Needs: A. whole top end, cam shaft broke and chewed up head and valve cover.
    Appearently it will run with half a cam shaft activating 2 of its 4 valves.
    B. Frame piece needs to be welded back in. will have to hire this out. I'm not good enough for an oil in frame tight weld.
    C. no title

    Bike 2. 1982 honda CB750 super sport. round cover twin cam era. Believes it just needs a good going through. Carb issues got it parked about 10 years ago.

    Bike 3. 1983 Yamaha 550 Vision Parked after the starter failed, again about 10 years ago. ( I have a soft spot for this one. I had one about 20 years ago. Temperamental. fussy. and great light weight fun.) This would be a labor of love since it has no real resale value.

    Bike 4. 197? Yamaha DT400 this is a runner but looks rough and has the expected electrical degrade issues, and no title. Buddy thinks this is a pre title bike. Shouldn't be an issue to get one.

    I asked my friend what will happen to them after he leaves. He thinks that his father will just crush them with a lot of other scrap.
    I don't know if any of these are money makers. Might be deeper into parts than resale value.
    I'm leaning towards the XL. I love its colors and it would be the most useful around here.
    If you are Interested in any of them and would be willing to make a Tolkien payment toward his moving costs let me know.
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    So I was talking to my brother in law about these bikes and he tells me that his high school buddy had a CB750 and he thinks it is the most beautiful bike ever built. He would love to learn how to bring a bike back to life if I would help he has room. Now he is living in a modest home without any real work space so I ask where he is thinking? He asks "how much space we would need, 3200 square feet?" I explain that is way more than needed, and where? he explains that he has a 4 bay commercial building that is empty and has been since the real estate bubble burst down here. Power I ask. Not currently but it can be turned on.

    So for the price of turning on the power I find myself staring at 4 project bikes and a BIG shop.
    Life has its twists.
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    So you can maintain the " stay married" status while saving project bikes? Outstanding. Nice brother-in-law.
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    You know, having a shop, not in the garage, could help the "stay married" status as well.
    Its not that she doesn't like me. She just likes me more when I'm not around too much.

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    picked up the bikes yesterday
    This is the XL600R,
    resize xl600.JPG

    This is what got it sent to the barn
    resize cam.JPG

    Like to smack the SOB who did this to the frame
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    Here is the CB750
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    Told the it was parked for needing an ignition.
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    The Vision might just get parted out. Which saddens me.
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    If your going to fix the Honda check Rickey Stators. They have a bunch of updated stuff.

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    Sorry I was talking about the 750!

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    Good to know. Don't know what kind of shape they are in yet.

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