The price on yours looks appealing to me and I would definitely be interested if in your shoes .. just trying to help you have your eyes open if you jump in.
1955 R50 / 1973 R75/5 / 2015 RT
Yard Art 1968 +/- Hodaka & SACHS
I looked it over and the motor, gearbox and final drive seemed OK, so I didn't touch them except to replace the rubbers, drop the sump pan and clear out the goo. New coil, bulbs (LED), exhausts and silencers (stainless), tyres, battery, air filter, Earles forks needed straightening, so about $3000 more.
I've done about 4000 miles, 60mph max but accelerate hard and it goes well. I'm not after showroom finish. I used Uli's in Germany for spares, who were quick and efficient. Took about six months, little bit most days.
So that turned out well and I bought a 1946 R 35, which turned out to be a collection of parts from the workshop floor, assembled to resemble a near-complete bike - a different prospect, more expensive but in this case, the fun is in the journey, what you learn and the people you meet.
(Your story too, CWRoady - although not the outcome I'm sure you hoped for.)
Jimkav - it does look like that. The current owner (son) said his dad put on a different front fork to increase clearance. The original one comes with this bike - including all manuals and everything else since dad bought it new.
I think I'm going to ride my RT1200 up there tonight and take a look at it. Son said it has compression, gears shift and the last time dad rode it the gears shifted as expected. Always a gamble with vintage bikes, but is there anything outside of the normal once-over that I should pay attention to?
Do the homework.
i have two R50/2 1962 and 1964, bought both for $14k.
The first one i wanted to get looking really sweet and it would have cost me $8k now, the second i run as original patina cost me $3k.
all wheel bearings replacement
steering bearing replacement
All oil changes
rebuild all carbs
Changing drive boot
inspect and maintain front and rear shocks
But the issue i now face is that i need to rebuild the engines to get the slingers clean, and this is the unknown cost.
The other part i find is that in the first two years there alot of things that bed down from riding and then are a lot of things that come up and need to be repaired.
coil and condenser
gearbox lets goes in first
smoke appearing on one exhaust.
I think it is very difficult to budget for what it would cost for you to get it running. But the first question, do you want original or concourse. And then riding the bike will start to expose rocks and you need to be patient and be willing to spend $200 on a new coil for example. Rebuild the carbies again, change out the throttle cables, chase down electrical issues, replace key circuit board.
I enjoy all that stuff but it does appear to be never ending when you do it as a hobby and every week i work on them. And it does cost.....
All dollars are in Asutralian.
I do say , i have learnt a heap and love the journey and it continues
Tooo many projects —— oh well
53 R25/3 Project
57 R26 Project
62 R50/2 Restored
64 R50/2 Project
67 R69S Original
71 R75/5 Original
77 R100RS Project
I’m really enjoying this site and all of the related topics.
Tinkertimejeff, that green ‘55 is stunning!
R69s - R60/2 - R67/2 - R51/3
The bike seems to be fair value, regardless what the future hold.
Just buy the bike, the rest will fall in place. And you cannot put a pricetag on cruzing down the street.
I do one or two checks on value and then commit or not.