Na. A restoration is always worth as much as you are willing to spend and put of yourself into it if it is for you.
Some builds are much more than dollars and cents.
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I agree with this most strongly - in fact, in the next 4-5 weeks I am hoping to put up a thread of a completed build that I started 16 years ago, with a fairly lenghty hiatus & many direction changes (lol) that will illustrate this point. The extra buzz is that the final build will be completed by my son who was 2 when I started this project.
On the the other hand, if you are looking to make a buck or the main motivation is the biggest bang for your buck, then Randy & Mike are 200% correct. If i sold my project as it is now, I would recover only a fraction of the cost & even completed, I would never get back the money that the 100s of hours in research, labour, chasing, delivering etc etc. would have cost.
When completed, will it have been worth it? I reckon even at trice the price I would answer YES - but that only applies to me not the market - people sometimes can't differentiate that.
Thanks for all that information Rob, I am looking for something like the one you sent the link to. Two cylinder.
The shifter on the opposite side does discourage me a bit. The reverse shifter (MotoGP) I can deal with.
I will call the guy that was selling the bike I scoped out for you and see if he has anything.
I want a bike that is already in the US.
I don't want a restoration project as I don't have the mechanical inclination for it. I'd really like a turn key ready to go bike.
Knowing you & the bikes you have Daniel, I thought this would be a good entry point. Either that or a 350 ipotesi like mine would be a good starting point for classics - I say starting point because once you are in you are hooked!
The other thing you need is lots of patience - an example, I got my 350 back last week from my trusted mecahnic - had everything done, valve clearances, carby tune, timing checked, fluids the works. Ok so it would not start for love or money!!! I checked over everything couldn't see a problem - finally with the help of my son, we pushed it up (our very steep drive) onto the street & clutch started it - it ran perfect, stopped for fuel, kicked first time, stopped a a scenic looked out, first kick & off - coming home, I heard a squeaking, jingling sound - drove me nuts - pulled up in the garage (after about a 150klm run) and believe it not (after an 1/2 an hour of diagnosis) the bracket holding the headlight & fairing has a hairline fracture in it
This kind of thing drives people mad, I enjoy the challenge, it's important to have the right attitude with a classic or the enjoyment will be greatly diminished.
Btw Daniel, if you find something put it up here, many of the guys will only be too happy to help work out if it is worth following through on it.