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ChicagoRedux
05-16-2014, 6:03 PM
I have a bad habit of looking at Cycle Trader and CraigsList for bikes I know I won't actually buy and could not afford to garage in my neck of the woods even if I did buy them. But lately I've thought about getting a storage space and buying the bikes that catch my eye if I can get a good deal. They'll go straight into storage and every year or two I'll raid the storage space for a new project.

Anyhow, I was going to start putting together a list of five to ten 'Most Wanted' bikes to watch out for and thought I'd pose the question to this forum at large -

Which bikes would make your 'Most Wanted' list?

momjeans
05-16-2014, 6:26 PM
non harley ?
gpz1100
gpz750 turbo
gs1150 or gs1000
honda cx500

RetroRob
05-16-2014, 8:11 PM
Knuck
Pan
Shovel
Pre unit Triumph
Vincent
Norton
That's enough for me

TheDave
05-16-2014, 8:33 PM
Knuck
Pan
Early shovel
Shovel
FXR/dyna
evo sportsters

ChicagoRedux
05-16-2014, 8:34 PM
non harley ?


Jap, Brit, American, makes no difference to me. My 'window shopping' got so out of control I figured I'd go whole hog and ask for more input. For myself, I kind of liked all the following:

1999 Kawasaki Vulcan 750

1999 Honda Shadow Ace 750

1998 Suzuki Savage 650 LS

1998 HD XLH883

1997 Yamaha Virago 750

1986 Honda VF700 Magna

1984 Honda V65 Magna

1983 Yamaha 750 Midnight Maxim

rooster52478
05-16-2014, 8:38 PM
fxdxt
fxdp
fxdx
fxrt
fxrp
swingarm shovel
KTM Duke
KTM Super Duke

surfbum
05-16-2014, 10:31 PM
get the savage and the sporty. both very versatile and easier to customize than the others. and aircooled. All that other bullshit is hard to make look nice. Also, get a goddamned shovelhead.

wymple
05-16-2014, 10:41 PM
92/93 GS1100EZ.

Always an XS650

Big single

Guzzi, the one you will keep

deathmetaldan
05-17-2014, 6:32 AM
v65
cx turbo
gpz turbo
cbx
xs650 of course
old gsxr slab sides and oil boilers
TR1 (chain driven virago, i have only ever seen one running for sale on CL and maybe 5 overall)
old cb750

and of course like others said norton, vincent and old triumph.

bigxrdoug
05-17-2014, 7:19 AM
slabside shovel(halfway there) 2014 streetglide

Ato
05-17-2014, 7:32 AM
Knuck
Pan
Shovel
Pre unit Triumph
Vincent
Norton
That's enough for me

This list works for me.

BuddhahoodVato
05-17-2014, 10:13 AM
Vincent
BT Flattie
VL Hill climber
Full dress Cushman
Cushman Trike with Canopy

BSAshovel
05-17-2014, 3:42 PM
first a Rikuo a jappanese Harley. lol for those that always thought Harley was all American look up the wiki on this.
a divorced case knuckster
a divorced case panster
a divorced shovester
a ULH flathead
a late VL
a late twin can JD
a single cylinder Harley from the 20's
a 69 Kawasaki W650
a Indian 4 cylinder
a indian parallel twin
a indian chief

fastestz1
05-17-2014, 4:55 PM
an original Denvers,preferably kawi power'd

shoveler
05-17-2014, 5:08 PM
a JD
XR 750
Matchless
Henderson

RetroRob
05-17-2014, 7:14 PM
Can I add a Brough Superior

BuddhahoodVato
05-18-2014, 4:41 PM
Can I add a Brough Superior

Hell, if you be adding shit, Crocker [sp]

BuddhahoodVato
05-18-2014, 4:51 PM
Nice

masonburke
05-18-2014, 6:01 PM
This might be the hardest question that has ever been posted in these forums.. But.. I'll try

Genny Shovel ... Swing arm, long as fuck, crazy frank fender perhaps

Cone Shovel ... Japan scence inspired

Yamaha R1 .. a fella wants to go fast sometimes

81 XS running magneto and Hughs PMA (running this exact bike and set up right now), the one I have now is hardtailed and all that jazz, would like to build a little Cafe with this setup

And for 5.. fuck it, id love to get a brand spankin' new Kawasaki KX250. I grew up racing motorcross, but its been like 6 or 7 years since Ive been to the track, dying to go back


and about 1500 other things, so I guess i'll change my list about 40 times

FooDog
05-18-2014, 8:14 PM
My list is easy...I was born in 71, so I wanna build a 71 to keep for a while.
1971 FLH
1971 FX

Going back to the 90's, my last 4 cars have all been 71's.

Grantman
05-19-2014, 11:04 PM
1. 68 XLH - last year before AMF started getting involved (I know everyone says 69 was the last year) - I got that one, a long chop survivor, 9 feet of 70's glory!
2. 61 pan, cause I was born in 61
3. 47 knuckle - cause that's what my dad rode (he traded it for an engagement ring for his first wife)
4. WWII era flattie cause my grandpa bought a surplus one after the war, (but no one ever told me what year it was, he traded it for a used tractor before I was born)
5. 29 J model, cause my great grandpa bought one new and rode it all over the US, now that's a hard core iron butt rider! (that one got sold at auction in the early 70's trying to save the farm - we should have kept it, lost the damn farm anyway!)

My dad laughed when my wife said she didn't really want me to ride a bike. He told her she'd have a better chance of talking the dogs out of trying to make puppies! Some things are just in your blood.

bhp
05-22-2014, 4:24 PM
I already have a cone shovel so my list would be

panhead-raked chopped long bike
xs650-hardtail bar hopper
evo sporty-bracket racing bike
06-08 yz250-gorr 295 kit 18" rear wheel bigger tank trail bike
2002 yz426f-fully built mx style bike

HardlyDangerous
05-22-2014, 5:09 PM
Got a hankerin' for a thumper
I'd like to do an SR500
441 Victor
or a pre-unit Trump (yeah, I know, not a thumper)

DustyDave
05-22-2014, 9:14 PM
Indian 648 Big Base
Dusty

DirtyFilthyCustoms
05-22-2014, 11:50 PM
Pan Head
Shovel Head
Iron Head
Triumph
XS

farmall
05-23-2014, 7:56 AM
Dreaming is free, so:

2014 Indian engine in a custom swingarm chassis set up like English Don's Babylon taxi(s) with a Scout rear fender, stainless spokes, ally rims, stainless horseshoe fake oil tank to hold electronics etc, "real" Indian tanks feeding the EFI via a concealed (quick-change) external fuel pump, and tasteful modern brakes and suspension. Chassis/body cosmetics done like the Easyriders Mystery Sled (too bad about the lens filters they used on that shoot). Enough stainless and protective coatings that I could dunk it in a septic tank without harm.



Got a hankerin' for a thumper
I'd like to do an SR500
441 Victor

If you want to ride the thing, Beezify the SR or otherwise cross the two to get dat SR engine with sexy BSA aesthetics if you like those.

Otherwise, just get an SR. Owned Victors, worked on SRs.

Ramzilla
05-26-2014, 7:59 AM
Flathead
Knuck
Pan
Shovel-any of em
XS650
CB750- just cause I wanna build a bike with 4 tall ass pipes

JHK
06-04-2014, 6:37 PM
This is actually a great question. Your list includes the 1999 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 and 1997 Yamaha Virago 750. I currently have the opportunity to pick up a Virago 700 for next to nothing, but some Chopcult members who know their shit have discouraged that move. I'm talking about a non-running 85 and not a 97, however. I don't know anything about the 97.

With respect to the Vulcan 750, I wonder why you mention that. I personally like anything that looks 70s/80s and chopper-esque, but I have not heard good things about working on the engine. Ever. But they sold for many years and as far as I know barely changed, so who knows.

I'd say a CB750 is really desirable and a most-wanted. Buy one before you can't find them anymore. Keep it stock and watch the value shoot up.

Shovels have caught fire in recent years, too.

TwoLaneFever
06-04-2014, 7:32 PM
4874348744says it all ,,,

phoko
06-04-2014, 7:40 PM
1974 FLH 74ci Shovelhead Full Dresser

do you really need more than on

ChicagoRedux
06-04-2014, 8:22 PM
This is actually a great question. Your list includes the 1999 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 and 1997 Yamaha Virago 750. I currently have the opportunity to pick up a Virago 700 for next to nothing, but some Chopcult members who know their shit have discouraged that move. I'm talking about a non-running 85 and not a 97, however. I don't know anything about the 97.

With respect to the Vulcan 750, I wonder why you mention that. I personally like anything that looks 70s/80s and chopper-esque, but I have not heard good things about working on the engine. Ever. But they sold for many years and as far as I know barely changed, so who knows.

I'd say a CB750 is really desirable and a most-wanted. Buy one before you can't find them anymore. Keep it stock and watch the value shoot up.

Shovels have caught fire in recent years, too.


The thread came about because I recently found a space to do metal work and started window shopping for projects.
I wanted a couple of things:

1. Aesthetics - I wanted bikes that just appealed to me. Bikes I thought had 'good bones'. For some reason, I happen to like a lot of the older Suzuki and Yamaha bikes.

2. Price Point - I wanted bikes that I could get in good condition for under $2000. This is why HD is under represented on my list; it seems like anyone with a basket of rusty Harley parts thinks they own a basket of diamonds that came out of the Queen's ass.

3. Chop-ability - I don't care about 'period correct', I want to be able to experiment and create my own vision, I'm not interested in preserving someone else's vision. I would be much less comfortable hacking up an icon than I would an 'everyday' bike. I want to be able to take a bandsaw to the frame or yank out the engine and rebuild it without worrying.

4. Ding-ability - It has to be a rideable bike. It will get dinged and it will get dirty so I want something that will have parts available at reasonable prices. Again, no museum pieces, so I'm not worried about matching numbers or model years.

JHK
06-05-2014, 11:23 AM
I agree with #1-#4, completely. Especially #2.

I've been shopping for a bike since parting w/ my Sporty awhile back, and it's AMAZING how many people (and when I say "many," I mean "almost all") Craigslist sellers in my area think that their bikes actually INCREASE in value, like French wine or Apple stock.

Seriously, if you bought a Yamaha for $5,600 14 years ago, and have ridden it and enjoyed it for over a decade, then I think you've got to kind of say to yourself, "I've gotten a lot of use out of it. If I prorate the price, this bike cost me $400 bucks a year. That's some good value. I don't think I need to recoup all but $300. The chrome air-cleaner with dragon that I bought off eBay and tassels really don't justify my selling the bike for 95% of the original sticker price."

Also, Kuryakyn grips are NOT a selling point. I think they're the opposite.

Obviously, I'm experiencing a little Craigslist fatigue.

mountainryder
06-06-2014, 6:25 PM
Well, I could come with MY dream list, but since you elaborated a bit, I would say:
1 Yamaha xs 650, they seem to be good for many styles
2 Honda cb750/500
3 Honda xl600, ya a dirt bike, they can be chopped up nicely
4 Kawasaki 750 triple 2stoke, they are sick!!
5 HD Sportster, iron head, 883, whatever if price is right
6 Yamaha xt500, aluminum tank!! easy to chop/bob,brat......
7 Yamaha sr500, almost as cool as xt500
8 1980 Honda xl250, I built a bobbed one and I love it!!
9 Yamaha rd350/400, FAST little 2smokers
10 Whatever else you find at right price, that you think you could "make your own"