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.
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.
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!
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.
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.