Main Motorcycle: 1978 Triumph Bonneville
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Houston, tx
Ditto, Flying Bulldog. If you are doing a full restoration, starting with a rough bike is no big deal as long as you bought it for a low price. After all you are going to take everything apart, repaint, rechrome, and replace worn parts anyway. What really kills the budget is to pay a fair bit for a bike that looks really good and then finding out you need to do almost a complete restoration on it anyway. Happened on my Trident. It looked really good when I bought it and I paid accordingly. Ended up doing a complete crank up rebuild of the engine, gearbox and primary. Also, rebuilt the forks, brakes, new wiring harness, new tires ect, ect. I've got way more invested in than it is worth.
Htown16, Houston, Texas
1978 T140E Bonneville, 1974 Trident, 1972 Commando, 1971 Commando
1974 Commando, 1970 BSA Thunderbolt, 2004 XL 1200R Sportster
Everything will be alright in the end.
If its not alright, its not the end.