It really is a sickness…

willis

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Why can I not control myself? I don’t need another bike when I already have two unfinished projects! Yet once again today I ran down a marketplace listing about 45 minutes from my house. I have conflicted feelings what I’ll do with it. I think I got a good deal but still have some remorse. What would you have done in this situation?

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1972 xs2 with title. Motor turns free. Lots of corrosion. Mufflers have rust holes. Carbs are not stuck. Last plated in 1993. Still has gas in tank, but heavily varnish with rust. Outside of tank looks nice but covered in 1/4” of dust and bird/mouse shit. Broken headlight and front turn signals. Missing left side cover. Seat is roached but pan looks good. Obviously extended fork tubes. Rims might clean up, won’t know till I get it home this weekend. Odometer shows 9k miles. Faces are good but pitted chrome bezels. What would you have paid in your market? I’ll likely shove it in the shed until I get at least one of my other projects finished. And my wife is ready to kill me, again!
 
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If you are really felling bad about buying another project I would be willing to help you out.
As far as price it all depends on how good the chrome is. It is a plus that it has a title and the motor turns over.
Me personally I would go $500 to a $1000 maybe more depending on the chrome. I do not need another XS2 as I have 2 titled XS2 frames I need to do something with. But a good deal is a good deal.
 
I was thinkin' tops at 1k... $500 would be a smokin' deal.
:smoke:
I do have lots of leftover parts I can throw at this. But now I’ve gotta learn the differences between the 256 and 447 motors. And I know 72 has some one year only stuff.

Well Rob, it looks like you have yourself a good blank canvas. Personally I’d just have some fun with it and not worry about keeping it original. Fast , fun and ( relatively ) cheap! 😉

I was cruising your old thread all day today Bob. I made it through the first 50 pages again. I’m sure glad you put all that work into documenting your journey. Sure will save me lots of work.
 
When that project of yours gets going, I hope you start a thread on it, it’ll be interesting. And yes, sometimes it can be a little challenging getting parts ( especially used ones ) for those early bikes, but persistence wins the day! 😉
 
Well it's like I told my wife last night, it could be worse! I could be out at the bar or at the casino. Instead she knows exactly where to find me. I keep telling myself "oh i'm going to sell this one.." yeah right. That's why it's a problem though. I may have stretched the truth a little on this one, telling her it's just a parts bike. :shrug:
 
Same here, I think I am inflicted with the same incurable rare disease.
I cannot help myself when I see a neglected bike for a great price and I try to give it a good home and a good life again. (which is why I ended up with my XS anyway)
We are a rare breed.
 
This is the sort of trap that I fall into on a regular basis.
Something comes along cheap, and I just can't resist it.
My XT500 project started out like this.
A pile of engine parts (like about three engines in bits) came up on ebay, and I got it for a stupidly low price.
I've blown a truck load of money on it since then (and I already had a big stash of XT bits), and I'm no closer to a working bike.
With hindsight I'd have done better buying a complete project bike.
 
Well it's like I told my wife last night, it could be worse
Yep! My wife could not care less about my motorcycle habit. All that shit in the garage isn’t her problem. I don’t stop her from doing whatever she wants either. She just told me she’s going to Europe. Hmmm…. The garage is full.
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Just a few days ago (right after I posted my previous reply here), I saw another poor soul ready to be rescued (on CraigsList).
One of those projects that's been "fixed" so many times, it won't run anymore cuz even 10 mediocre fixes do not make up for 1 correct one. I was really trying hard not to contact the owner, especially given the low low price. (owner was moving out of state)
I broke down and sent him a message. Never received a reply. Then I noticed in a day or two that the listing was removed. I guess he did sell it. I had mixed feelings about it. I already started making great plans in my mind but at the same time, I don't really need another dang motorcycle! :D
 
I had my eye on one a few weeks ago, took too long to make my mind up & missed out on it.
Bought a Bobber that people had given up on twice, it had some good bits so I bought it to strip down.
Advertised the Bobber rolling chassis for sell or swap & a guy contacts me wanting to swap the original bike I missed out on for the Bobber!
 

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I had my eye on one a few weeks ago, took too long to make my mind up & missed out on it.
Bought a Bobber that people had given up on twice, it had some good bits so I bought it to strip down.
Advertised the Bobber rolling chassis for sell or swap & a guy contacts me wanting to swap the original bike I missed out on for the Bobber!
Used the wrap from the right pipe to make the seat?
 
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