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Scored a free Motorcycle #4533810
10/04/17 12:46 PM
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maverickfhs Offline OP
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As the title suggests scored a 1992 Kawasaki Ninja 600, headlight is missing, also one of the fork leg is bent. Tires are old and does need some TLC. No frame damage, plastic is in very reasonable condition, sprocket/chain looks very decent and so does rims.

It has ~20ishk miles on it. Question I have, should I build it and spend time/energy or money into it?

As I have read, many times Free motorcycles/cars(vehicles) cost a lot more in the long run crazy

Anyone has any thoughts or advice? Thanks y'all.

Last edited by maverickfhs; 10/04/17 12:47 PM.

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Re: Scored a free Motorcycle [Re: maverickfhs] #4533814
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Does it start/run?

Re: Scored a free Motorcycle [Re: user52165] #4533817
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maverickfhs Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: user52165
Does it start/run?


No it doesn't, but when it was last parked it was running.


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Re: Scored a free Motorcycle [Re: maverickfhs] #4533818
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If I was given something free like this....I build something fun with it after I tore it apart.

Use the engine and swing arm to build a good go-kart/trike....or repower a lawn tractor....LOL!!!


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Re: Scored a free Motorcycle [Re: maverickfhs] #4533824
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Those are nice smooth, easy ridin' decently powerful 600. I would put up to 500 - 700 in it if the motor and trans are good. Should be plenty of parts in the bone yard for it.


Bent fork Hmmm.


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Re: Scored a free Motorcycle [Re: maverickfhs] #4533831
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If you have the time and energy, there's oodles of things you can do with it.


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Re: Scored a free Motorcycle [Re: maverickfhs] #4533865
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My friend and I found an old moped in the trash and pushed it home. Replaced the piston bearing in it when we were 16 years old with some help from his father who taught us about the torch wrench. That thing went way faster than mopeds are supposed to. Like 40mph. Helmets weren't common back then. Yikes.

Point being, you might have a lot of fun with guest free bike and learn stuff, too. Not sure where you are in life if that's fun and educational for you.


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Re: Scored a free Motorcycle [Re: Phishin] #4533892
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Originally Posted By: Phishin
If I was given something free like this....I build something fun with it after I tore it apart.

Use the engine and swing arm to build a good go-kart/trike....or repower a lawn tractor....LOL!!!


My thoughts exactly!

Re: Scored a free Motorcycle [Re: maverickfhs] #4533893
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If that was in good, driving condition, it would be barely worth anything. Considering it needs a lot of work, parts, and energy, its not worth fixing, and would cost more to fix than it would be to buy a good condition, running bike.

At most, part it out on Craigslist. Someone will need the parts.

Or use the engine to build a ridiculous go cart.


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Re: Scored a free Motorcycle [Re: maverickfhs] #4533912
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It doesn't sound even close to being free.


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Re: Scored a free Motorcycle [Re: maverickfhs] #4533927
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Did it come with a clean title?

You can always use it as a learning experience, if you don't already know what you're doing.

I would do what you can do for free first (as in free labor), try get it running, see if there's compression, if the tank/carbs need drained/cleaned, see if it sparks.

Re: Scored a free Motorcycle [Re: maverickfhs] #4533928
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Chances are youíll soon need seals. Gaskets. Lot of them. Youíll end up spending time on that motorcycle, but itís up to you to decide what it is all about smile Iím currently modding an old Honda NSR 125 R into a classic roadster thing, I got it for free 4 years ago, put 500Ä of parts in it to get it safe on road (fork seals leaking, brake calipers slide stuck, busted trans chain, tyres, carb overhaul, air filter) and rode 6 months, 7000 kilometers until the big end bearing went bad. Then I bought a brand new bike on a short 2 years credit that was cheap at the time.


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Re: Scored a free Motorcycle [Re: Superflan] #4533940
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I remember him asking about motorcycle scrap yards not long ago. Maybe get another free identical bike and cannibalize the parts from one of the bikes.

Re: Scored a free Motorcycle [Re: CT8] #4533943
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Originally Posted By: CT8
It doesn't sound even close to being free.

So true. lol

Re: Scored a free Motorcycle [Re: Bottom_Feeder] #4533956
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Originally Posted By: Bottom_Feeder
Originally Posted By: CT8
It doesn't sound even close to being free.

So true. lol


Lol, agreed.


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