Seemed like a fair trade to me
What we have here is a 1975 xs650, i recently purchased after selling my 1981 cb750, and filing my taxes through H&R block, found this on craigslist, he wanted $1500 for it, i offered $900 not trying to low ball, but, no title, electrical was a mess (mess is an understatement), and he couldn’t prove that it started, we almost settled with $1100 but then another guy came and offered $1350, but he was already dealing with me, so i scrounged up as much as i could and came up with $1100 after borrowing $100 dollars from four different friends, haha, gotta love em, and the seller agreed to let me pay the other $200 when i get a chance, so i got it for $1300, now hoping that it worked when i got it home this seemed like a fair trade to me, it was already hardtailed, had the wheels (21/18), tires, fork, tank, head light, and tail light that i wanted, and it had good compression and spark.
So i was going to be saving a lot of time and money doing it this was, and i already knew someone who wanted to buy the seat and grips, so i have all the freedom in the world to customize this bike exactly like i want to! and lucky for me after i got a new battery on her and a little elbow grease and starting fluid, this mother purrrrred! best sound i could have imagined!
I dont have much knowledge with anything to get this bike done, but i have a friend who is an electrical engineer, two or three friends who are mechanics, a handful that do custom welding/paint/and exhaust, lets just say i know the right people in the right places, and have the creative outlook and ambition to get this done exactly like i want! I plan on building a batt/elec box out of a vintage toaster and making the on/off switch the lever that pushes the bread down, next im going to put a rear fender, a slim sissy bar, and a bates p pad on it, so the lovely lady in my life can charge the streets with me, taking the dirtbike bars and foot pegs off and getting new bars made to my exact design, going to have the exhaust come straight back on both sides, and the left side wrapping under the seat, over the batt/elec and meet up above the right side exhaust and angle in the ground, and putting a brown leather seat that i found on ebay, undecided what im going to do for foot pegs, passenger pegs, and kicked pedal yet, im leaning toward either a kicker made by Hi-Bond modified or just a standard brass skeleton kicker. I plan on doing a flat black over a satin burnt orange, then having it aged for the old hot rodder look, and having some clean pin striping put over it but leaving the frame the color that it is, cause thats the exact color i planned on doing it.
well thats all i have to say right now, please feel free to give me advice or suggestion, i am located in milwaukee, wi and am always looking for people to ride with..