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post #1 of 16 Old 05-03-2013, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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Yamaha SECA 550 project... Maybe

Hello all. So I got this the other day from my dad. He's had it for a bit now, the tags say the last time it was registered was 86. I k ow very little about bikes, other than I want to ride one. I've got a great job that pays the bills and a little is going to savings, and my dad says with a little work this bike would be up and running. I have the time for this project too and the space and tools. Please give me some input though. Last time my father said "this will be a good project" I took $2000 of my own cash to fix up a Honda CRX from 1989. I never saw that money again I just want some insight front eh riding community. Here are some pictures that might be able to she'd see light on what I'm dealing with. I'll take all the advice I can get here because I don't really know the riding community.
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post #2 of 16 Old 05-04-2013, 12:34 AM
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Looks neat. Best thing you can do is do a CL search to see what that bike model and similar years are going for, then run up the costs of parts needed and compare the two.

At the very least, you'll need new chain/sprockets, tires, fuel tank, front turn signals, do proper engine start-up procedures to a long sitting engine, clean it up, etc etc.

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So it appears to be missing it's front fairing and exhaust on both sides. Plus the other stuff PV mentioned. Parts may be hard to come by. Definitely price out what you might have to buy or if its even available. Those were some cool bikes back in the day and you don't see many 550 for sale any more. That being said like the CRX you might end up with more time and money invested than you'll be able to sell it for. However there is no more satisfying feeling than bring a classic back from the grave.

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RUN, don't walk away from it.

You'll spend so much time and money it will make your CRX experience look like a walk in a park with a fine naked lady!

That bike is ready for either a pro or a pro metal reclamation plant.


Start with finding a bike that is together and running. Go to town from there.

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+1 to bigdaa.
You could look around for another Seca and then used have a parts bike. It's probably more suited for that.

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^^ What they said, it looks like that's in pretty rough shape, looks like it was stored outside?

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That thing is barely a parts bike. Don't try to fix it up. You'll lose your shirt.

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post #8 of 16 Old 05-04-2013, 01:21 PM
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As stated, run, RUN away. Especially if that's had one side of the exhaust gone, and the motor was open to the elements. If it was a bike you loved as a kid, that's one thing. But as is, keep looking. Good luck!

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I agree with what has been said here . Even though I have brought back uglier, I had a good supply of parts bikes at that time. You would have to start with no used parts supply and an incomplete machine, to proceed forward with this one , no , give your Dad a hug when you give it back to him.

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Thanks guys! I'm talking with people at the restyrant I work at, and about everyone else has said the same thing. My hopes now is to work my butt off for the summer and save for a beginner bike. Any recommendations? I'm 5'8 and a lean 140 lbs.

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CycleTrader is a place you can peruse.

For Example: Just Yamaha and Seca:

http://www.cycletrader.com/Yamaha-Se...sort=year:desc


Start here at their homepage:


http://www.cycletrader.com/

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Gone already....
Man, first one was $2k or best offer. Crazy deal. No wonder its gone

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Ya I just wiki those. Really nice, congrats to who got them.

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Not much to work with on that one. Better off finding a complete bike and using that one for parts.

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