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 Post subject: Low budget cafe
PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:08 am 
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Last fall, I received a call from the local Suzuki dealer, wandering if I was interested in a 75 T500 they had. It was in rough shape with locked engine, after looking it over we agreed on $50, when I went to pay, their computer locked up, so they said to just take it ,they would get their money back anyway. When I got the engine open, I found the top end was rusted fast but the bottom end was fine, I did Alan's trick of using diesel fuel in the crank and turning over occasionally, I replaced the top end with new parts, and parts I had, but with the rough condition I decided to clean it up the best I could and make some changes. Out of my bikes, this one draws the most attention when I have it out, it is a fun bike to ride, and I put several 300 mile trips on it without being to uncomfortable.
Image20160716_134211 by karl pa, on FlickrImage20170402_135543 by karl pa, on FlickrImage20170625_114225 by karl pa, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: Low budget cafe
PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:31 am 
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Nice work. :up:
Is the dealer happy with all the parts the sold you?

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 Post subject: Re: Low budget cafe
PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:55 am 
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They didn't get to much money from me on this one, but over the years they got quite a lot of my money, this is actually the fourth bike I got out of their basement, the others were GT185,GT550,T250 scrambler.

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 Post subject: Re: Low budget cafe
PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:36 pm 
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That is some dealer. $50 is a snip! But for free?! :shock: My goodness, you must be overjoyed with your thrifty smoker. It looks great now you have smartened it up. :up:


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 Post subject: Re: Low budget cafe
PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:38 pm 
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sportston wrote:
That is some dealer

The owners are getting up in age, and were the mechanics back in the day. They like seeing the old bikes being fixed up, and realize they wont get to them, so they are letting some go.
Here is my 71 T250 scrambler they sold me for $50, It took me several attempts before they agreed, if I don't sell it in the near future.
Image71 t250 1 by karl pa, on FlickrImage71 t250 2 by karl pa, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: Low budget cafe
PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:25 pm 
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I wish I knew of a source like that....

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 Post subject: Re: Low budget cafe
PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:56 pm 
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Keep up the good wok Karl. Excellent job on the 500.


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 Post subject: Re: Low budget cafe
PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:52 am 
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the seat on the 500 looks good


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 Post subject: Re: Low budget cafe
PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:49 am 
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Let me know when you want rid of the 250. I'll make sure you make at least $20 profit! :wink: :up: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Low budget cafe
PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:43 pm 
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Alan H wrote:
Let me know when you want rid of the 250. I'll make sure you make at least $20 profit! :wink: :up: :lol:

Not planning on letting go of it anytime soon, I still enjoy taking it off road and on dirt roads, nothing crazy but enough to get it dirty :)

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