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Jun 27th 2018, 11:57 PM   #1
 
  Jun 2018
  Silverton

  1976 CB750F - 2001 CBR600 F4i
'76 CB750 - Fix it or...

I just got back from a work trip to Montana and enjoyed the drive, but really got the itch to do some longer rides. The problem is, the only working bike I have is a 2001 CBR600 F4i.

This got me thinking that I need a sport-touring bike. Then I began looking at the FJR1300. Realistically though, I can probably only manage 2 trips per year, so even though I can afford to spend $9k on a used bike, maybe I shouldn't.

Then I got to thinking about my '76 CB750F that has been collecting dust for 15 years. At minimum, here is what it needs:
  • Tires $200
  • Chain $60
  • Sprockets $50
  • Fork seals $30
  • Muffler $100
  • Windscreen $30
  • Battery $40

What are these bikes worth in running condition? Should I spend the money to get the bike running and use it as my touring bike, or is the money better spent on something newer?

Edited by redpoint5 on Jun 28th 2018 at 12:03 PM
Jun 28th 2018, 03:18 AM   #2
 Mudslinger's Avatar
 
  Sep 2016
  Seabeck

  Africa Twin
Here's a site with some good info.
https://www.hagerty.com/apps/valuati...50_super_sport

Personally I would be riding that bike, but not for touring. There are a lot more comfortable options.
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Edited by Mudslinger on Jun 28th 2018 at 03:20 AM
Jun 28th 2018, 04:59 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Blaine, WA

  2012 Yamaha FJR1300
Having moved from a 1982 XJ1100J to a 2012 FJR1300, the difference is literally and completely night and day. It would be very disheartening to go back at this point. Especially for the long rides, but also for the day to day. FJR always starts right up, runs smooth and is ready to ride. The XJ was in very good shape for its age and miles, but it never did that. The difference between a carbed, air cooled bike and a modern water cooled fuel injected bike is massive.
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Jun 28th 2018, 08:45 AM   #4
 
  Jun 2018
  Silverton

  1976 CB750F - 2001 CBR600 F4i
Thanks guys. The linked website said the bike might be worth $2,600 in running (fair) condition, which surprises me. I'd have thought it to be worth something like $500, which is about what it will cost for me to fix it. Heck, my 2001 CBR600 is worth less than $2,600.

Fuel injection sure is nice. My buddy has me over every year to clean his carbs after letting the Nighthawk sit over the winter. The CBR can sit for years and fire right up.

I also like the idea of a zero maintenance driveshaft on a FJR. Maybe I'll go sit on one for my lunch break.
Jun 28th 2018, 09:39 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Custer WA

  Aprilia Tuono 1100
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Originally Posted by redpoint5
Fuel injection sure is nice. My buddy has me over every year to clean his carbs after letting the Nighthawk sit over the winter.
Jun 28th 2018, 09:49 AM   #6
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  Jun 2018
  LaCenter Washington

  83 Suzuki GS 1100E
Cb 750

There’s an 81 SS 750 painted wrong color in Bend running and riding for 1500, don’t put too much stock in what appraisers say or the hype/circus of the auctions. I buy and sell classic cars from the 40s through 70s and motorcycles from the big 4 through about 87. Research all the trade media for very similar bikes to yours and you’ll get a better idea of what real prices are. The best quotes I’ve seen are”I know what it’s worth” and appraised at$xxxx.Those bikes and car usually end up on Craigslist for a year or two.Get on the CB750 forum.Condition is everything,clear title is next. That being said I would be interested in restoring a 750F or SS. Can you pm pictures?
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Edited by Riki5156 on Jun 28th 2018 at 10:44 AM Reason: Text
Jun 28th 2018, 11:57 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Daytona 675R
I have a '75 750SS that's needed even more than your bike. Tires, chain, sprockets, bearings, brake lines, fork seals, wiring harness, battery, muffler (found one but it was nearly fucking impossible, good luck with that), engine cover gaskets, all fluids, carb clean etc etc. It's been a 2 year project that keeps getting hung up by other (more fun) bikes, but it'll eventually be finished. I'm pretty confident I could get $3k for it when I'm all done.

Comparatively, yours sounds like a cakewalk. Do it!

Alternatively, I've been riding a '96 VFR750 a lot as my daily and it's great for slabbing it. You can find nice used ones for well under $3k. I prefer the pre-VTEC 1997 models or older. They also got rid of the gear-driven cams in 1998, which I see as a big downgrade.
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Jun 28th 2018, 12:19 PM   #8
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  Jun 2018
  LaCenter Washington

  83 Suzuki GS 1100E
750ss

Are you selling your 750SS now? If so send me lotta pictures. Id like to see it.
Jun 28th 2018, 12:34 PM   #9
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  Jun 2018
  LaCenter Washington

  83 Suzuki GS 1100E
Redpoint you’re talking about an extra $500 to make it cruise worthy,why not do it? A trip or two a year? Your CB will do that easily. I’ve never done a lot of long distance cruising. Furtherest I’ve gone is Charleston AFB South Carolina to Orlando Florida on a 73 GT250 Suzuki.Great fun but I was younger too.. Had a 77 Gold wing for a couple years but didn’t like it at all. If I go any distance on the GS 1100 I let a little air out of the forks and rear shocks set on dead soft,works fine. Comfortable enough for a full day.
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Jun 28th 2018, 12:46 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Daytona 675R
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Are you selling your 750SS now? If so send me lotta pictures. Id like to see it.
It's pretty much just a roller right now. It starts and runs but I need to spend another 40 hours or so to get it ready for sale. I'm hoping to list it next spring.
Jun 28th 2018, 12:52 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Custer WA

  Aprilia Tuono 1100
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Originally Posted by redpoint5
Yeah Tripledij- I know how to care for a motorcycle, but my friend is not the maintenance type. We also have to replace his battery every year or 2, and if it wasn't for me, his bikes would never get an oil change.

Ok, gottcha. Sounds like you need a new friend. I don't mind helping someone out here and there, but there is no way I would put up with that. You sound like a patient guy.

As far a your CB, I would rather trust something more modern on a long ride so you can relax, and keep the CB for closer to home cause it's a cool bike.
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