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start with cheap jap or holdout for brit or harley

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i dont really know if this will get a response or not. or if it will be a good response. i might just get told to go to hell. my basic question is this, im planning on building my first bike. i hate to give it a label but it will basically be a bobber. rigid frame solo seat. springer forks. nothin extra just pretty much bare bones. now ive seen some good looking jap bikes that were basically the style i want to build. im more into the triumphs and sportsters. the problem is like everyone else im short on cash. and a guy can get a honda for less than half the price of a trump. i guess im just second guessing myself on justifying buying a jap bike just to have one a lot sooner. im pretty new to all this but im assuming i can get some parts cheaper and easier for hondas. and i think the aftermarket is pretty strong for them. things like the rigid back frame. and bars and stuff like that. any opinions and advice welcome... even if you just tell me to go to hell haha
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I was actually in your exact same spot a few years ago. I really wanted a bike but i can't leave anything alone so i kinda wanted a "project" too. I just couldn't wait a year or more to get a HD or Brit so just started looking for a used jap bike and picked up a xs400 for $200. Needed a bunch of work but thats what i wanted and learned an amazing amount in the process not only about jap bikes but all bikes since i used just about everything on this thing. Sorry for the pics and i'll delete them if the admins would like. All this being said, this in on the street and i'm riding the shit out of it when i can but just picked up a few BSAs and am finally building the brit bike i always wanted but just could wait for, but am still riding this.


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