depends on cheap motorcycle, where you live -if it requires inspections, cost or source of modifications. Is the 'cheap' motorcycle some kindof Mainland Chinese copy of good Japanese motorcycle? and you have a wrecked, good engine yet, no title Japanese motorcycle of original copied chinese model? then...
Best answer: depends on cheap motorcycle, where you live -if it requires inspections, cost or source of modifications. Is the 'cheap' motorcycle some kindof Mainland Chinese copy of good Japanese motorcycle? and you have a wrecked, good engine yet, no title Japanese motorcycle of original copied chinese model? then buying the 'cheap' Chinese model with rep for blowing up engine may make sense- you'll be changing engine anyway for the good one. Or maybe a soon to be stolen parts donor motorcycle that can donate a lot of parts to your cosmetic project- that is cheap source of parts. Insurance impound auction can provide titleless bunch of parts cheap- mix and match something with title and you're on the road with a little 'Rat' bike cheap. Might even be able to get plates for a impound rescue- My old R50/2 came from police impound, was back on road 2 weeks later with salvage parts from different brands, inspection, paperwork some extra processing fees and license plated, legal to ride- put a few miles in the old /2, couple seasons riding until speed limit went bacjk to 65.70 from the 55 mph save fuel limit. You can 'Mod' a cheap motorcycle as much as you want and can afford-- and depending on source of supply (midnight Auto and cycle supply?) can be very cheap mods. Just like old hot rod days late 1950s- small block chevy engine in old Ford Flathead projects, how much did the small block chevy engine cost? 6 pack of beer, 3 minutes with wire cutters to hot wire and then the motor mount and bell houseing plate kit? Crate engine from chevy dealer would be $500.00 then maybe- adapters, mounts were $49.95 so 1/10 cost for stolen engine to be fitted. early 1970s when Honda 750-4 came with front disc brake- how much does it cost to get same kind of front end on Harley? Hint- Timken bearing kit for Honda fork neck to fit Harley frame was about $20.00 at some of chopper supply shops. Number of kits sold in Chicago area was about same number of stolen Honda 4s, number of recovered,stolen Honda 4s with missing front ends was another close number. Did some inspections of recovered stolen Honda that had been financed and required insurance-- could find old Harley sportie front ends with drum brakes relatively cheap, some of springer front ends with spool hubs, no front brakes originally made as custom for Harley image riders could be found used relatively cheap also. Honda 750-4 'chopprers/bob jobs' featured no front brakes, chromed springers or occassionly 21 inch wheel with small front drum brakes- found cheap at chopper supply shop, low miles tradeins.
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