Buying a restoration project is looking like buying a dog. Any difference in purchase price is immediately outweighed by the cost of ownership. Iím into my $200.00 G5 for well over $5,000.00 in parts and itís not nearly finished. Not to say I donít love finding a deal though. That bike is beautiful though and looks remarkably well preserved.
Yeah - it's gonna cost the new owner a few bucks to get going.
Best case on the motor - assuming it only needs new jugs, rings, and pistons and one does
the work oneself - is going to be the thick end of $1500. Add another grand for the rest of
the bike - shocks, tires, fluids and the inevitable little surprises, and the buyer is into it
for at least $2500 plus purchase price. That's the best case assuming no major transmission
or rear end work. Restoring it to as new condition could easily triple or quadruple that figure -
and quite possibly more.