How bad does a project bike have to be?


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Bazil4696
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Location: Nova Scotia Canada
Motorcycle: 1991 GL1500 Interstate

How bad does a project bike have to be?

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I got a tip on bike for sale locally here in Nova Scotia.
The usual points were discussed. It ran when parked, it's the same bike as yours, might even be the same colour. Might be good for parts. I think the guy wants $500 bucks for it.
That's in my ballpark for a project bike.
Fluids, belts, tires, battery... then a quick late spring flip while the market is still itchy for cheap bikes... worthwhile, I'd say.
Well, I looked at it. It's the worst, most neglected example of a GL1500 I've ever personally seen that wasn't stolen, vandalized, or crashed.
The only part worth scavenging that I could see would be the battery cover. It had one or two broken tabs... damn!
So, is it worth dragging home to sort through wiring, and freshen up everything? Is it worth $100 ?
I had to share: Not all wings wear capes.
Last plate sticker is 2021.
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A sad sight left outside since 2021
A sad sight left outside since 2021


Every piece of chrome is rusty
Every piece of chrome is rusty




Bag mounts are damaged. Lid hinges are loose & bent
Bag mounts are damaged. Lid hinges are loose & bent


Seat? What seat?
Seat? What seat?







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GD2
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Re: How bad does a project bike have to be?

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Run away. As fast as you can.

Sometimes a "cheap project bike" can end up costing more than what you'd pay for a good running, well cared for GL1500, and they ARE out there. And if you have patience you may be able to score one cheap, although I don't know how many there are compared to here in Texas...
That's not just a motorcycle. It's a Gold Wing.
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