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I need some advice about this bike

I have a friend who is selling a 1997 Harley Sportster 883 Hugger for $4,000. It has only 1,500 miles on it. Its been sitting outside for the last few years. So the grip's, and seat are faded. Its obvously needs a new battery, and the carb and tank drained and cleaned out. Its got some rust in some places. My plan is to buy it and use the motor and trans, and maybe a few other odds and ends. And put it in a Flyrite roller. Then sell the remaining parts to pay for the new crap like controls, and other stuff. My question is, do you think this a dumb way to go. I need something fairly reliable to ride to work. Any input postive or negative would be appreciated... Here is a couple of pics below of the bike. Thanks

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too much for a sittin outside evo with some rust on it and parts you cant use...

search around, bad time of year right now tobuy a bike, but yuo should be able to get a sporty for 3-4k EASY runnin, riding, no issues.... look aruond a lil... old bikes with few miles can need lots of lil stuff to get em goin again.....

find a rider... its WORTH it...
 

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ps- maybe cause i live in milwaukee, but seems like bikes are more here... i see 95-97 bikes with 1200 kits for $3500-4500 around here... get a rider, with the 1200 upgrade, you will want it anyways, LOL... good luck, flyrite is AWESOME
 

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51rat said:
too much for a sittin outside evo with some rust on it and parts you cant use...

search around, bad time of year right now tobuy a bike, but yuo should be able to get a sporty for 3-4k EASY runnin, riding, no issues.... look aruond a lil... old bikes with few miles can need lots of lil stuff to get em goin again.....

find a rider... its WORTH it...
I tend to agree. Check out craigslist.org for your area. I see sportys on there all the time that haven't been abused for comparable prices.

Heck, here in Dallas, a coworker just picked up a clean as new 2004 with 5000 miles for ~$4000, and that was from the HD stealer.

I wouldn't pay that much if it had any rust.
 

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heck, if youre just gonna get a flyrite, try to find a salvage bike for a grand or two.... you will have MSO title anyways, LOL.... all you want is the drivetrain...
 

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I tend to agree. Check out craigslist.org for your area. I see sportys on there all the time that haven't been abused for comparable prices.

Heck, here in Dallas, a coworker just picked up a clean as new 2004 with 5000 miles for ~$4000, and that was from the HD stealer.

I wouldn't pay that much if it had any rust.
PLUS a rider gets you on the road while you buy the other parts... ride it through summer, or buy ALLLLL your parts, tehn do the swap over in a week or so into teh new chassis... thats my plan... tehn you cash out on the old stuff on ebay LOL
 

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I have a friend who is selling a 1997 Harley Sportster 883 Hugger for $4,000. It has only 1,500 miles on it. Its been sitting outside for the last few years. So the grip's, and seat are faded. Its obvously needs a new battery, and the carb and tank drained and cleaned out. Its got some rust in some places. My plan is to buy it and use the motor and trans, and maybe a few other odds and ends. And put it in a Flyrite roller. Then sell the remaining parts to pay for the new crap like controls, and other stuff. My question is, do you think this a dumb way to go. I need something fairly reliable to ride to work. Any input postive or negative would be appreciated...
offer a grand and haggle from there

4K is WAY too much

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I agree that the bike sounds too expensive, but heres what you can do with the motor, and a few other bits. A mate of mine made and welded the hardtail on but said if he had to do it again then he would either scatch build a frame of get one of Jasons from Flyrite. The motor in mine has S&S twin plug heads, barrels, carb etc. I don't know if it's a 1200 conversion or bigger 'cos the fucker only just fits in the frame. You could get a *** ( Rizla ) paper between the rocker boxes and the top rail, but it's bloody quick.


 
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