Regret getting rid of your motorcycle with the price of gas going through the roof?
I got this on Ebay--I have a NOTARIZED bill of sale from the seller. I am not sure how you will get title with one, but shouldn't be too difficult.
This is a Project bike by any description...
It had been sitting for a couple of years when I got it.
I will give the best description I can (from memory). The bike is sitting in my Brother's Basement right now about 100 miles from here--he is finishing off his CB 650 and was going to do most of the work on this bike for me...However, I bought a Yamaha 400 Maxim locally, and will be getting that on the road shortly...
Somehow a 400cc bike that gets 50mpg strikes my fancy (either the Honda or the Yamaha), especially with the price of gas running as high as it is right now...
Bike is basically complete--
Has aftermarket handlebars ("Chopper" style--project up higher than standard, and come in closer together--I'm a new rider, and my brother tells me that they are not very good for beginners, so if you are just starting out with a bike, might want to change the handlebars out).
Kick Start turns the engine fine--the Fuel tank is disconnected, and there is no battery. Does have electric start (didn't get a battery yet, so not sure how well it works).
Brakes seem spongy while rolling (Brother says Fluid is likely low). Clutch needs adjusted/cable tightened (seems very loose).
Rear turn signals are broken, but the guy I got it from gave me a different set (will need to be slightly modified to fit this bike). Some wires cut to remove the old lights--easy fix.
Headlight ring bent--cannot recall if there is any other (I don't think so) minor dings up front.
Fuel tank is pretty good--no more than a tiny dent or two.
Engine is good shape--no road rash.
Bike was reportedly never laid down while driving (but did fall over in storage--hence the rear signal issues).
Seat--vinyl torn, but cushion looks good underneath. Useable with some duct tape/electrial tape, or could get a cover for $30 on ebay and it would be pretty nice.
Carbs (per a friend of mine who had a similar bike years ago) will probably need complete cleaning, maybe a rebuild--he says they deteriorate after sitting (this without looking at the bike).
Some surface rust on exhaust, handlebars, etc. NO serious (full thickness) rust--a good cleaning would make it look nice.
I will either take some pics this weekend myself, or have my brother do so for interested parties. I forget what the mileage is (I thought it was around 10k miles--might be 8k, might be 12k--I got this almost 5 months ago and don't remember specifically, as it has been in his basement since then)
Don't be expecting a pristine bike (but, the price below reflects that)--it will take a bit of work to get it running, but mostly labor, and a few parts. My brother did a quick look up on ebay for parts for the bike--came up with under $100 (that is with a carb rebuild kit, battery and the other parts he thought MIGHT be needed--if it has a bad cable, it might run a few $$ more). $30 for the seat cover, and some wrench time (he figured about a good, solid weekend on it would get it running--another one to polish it up, etc.), and you would have a nice running, GAS SAVING cycle to ride. Will need new tires--there is a little bit of tread left, but it has been sitting forever (the rubber is a bit dry)
Like a lot of my purchases, this is a bit of whim purchase--I knew he was working on his bike, and asked him if he would help me get one together also (his bike cost $100 due to the poor condition--mostly as a parts bike). I have not ridden a Motorcycle since I rode a 75cc Honda Dirt Bike as a kid, but figured that it might be nice to have one to save gas (this is back when gas was $2.20/gallon). I am not a motorcycle expert by any means, so if you have specific questions--
I will pass them on to my brother, or will encourage you to go see the bike yourself.
I did a bit of research on the Cb400 Four (Four Cylinder), and found that it is pretty highly regarded in bikes of that era (makes the top 10 list regularly). Not super fast, but will get you there.
I will probably post this on Ebay after the holiday weekend--should sell pretty quickly on there.
I know it fits in the back of a 2 Dr. Explorer (with the handlebars taken off), but a pick-up truck or trailer would be better for it.
For now, and for the ARF.com members, I'll go $350/obo for it.