RoadRUNNER’s Budget Project Bike

May 17, 2014 View Comments by

RoadRUNNER’s Budget Project BikeHere are the criteria we started with when we set out to choose RoadRUNNER’s next project bike.

  1. Cheap, as in $1,000 or less.
  2. Running, it had to be able to be ridden before we sank any money or time into it.
  3. No title issues.
  4. Ready to go on tour with minimal investment.

And that’s pretty much it. So what do you get when you scour Craigslist with these four must haves? Well, as it turns out, not a lot. There are tons of fixer uppers that are sure to run great after a “good carb cleaning” or new battery, at least according to the sellers. There are also plenty of bikes who may run fine, but whose titles have somehow vanished into thin air. Then there are all the projects started but never finished. Café racers, choppers, bobbers, and street fighters that all rest in various states of construction (or destruction, depending on how you look at it), their owners simply wishing to be rid of the symbol of failure rotting in their garage. It’s quite sad, really. There are so many good bikes out there that may truly need something as simple as a carb clean or a recovered title to be back on the road again. In the end we found this, a 1984 Honda Shadow VT700C. It’s a little rough around the edges, but it checks off everything on our list. It’s within budget, runs, the title is clean, and it shouldn’t take too much to turn it into a reliable touring machine. Stay tuned for the full scoop in our next issue.


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There’s something relentlessly romantic about riding a motorcycle. I’m blessed to know that feeling. With a background in photography and a love for motorcycles, I’m interested in the beauty and honesty of the open road. You’ll find me riding Carolina’s roads on my Suzuki SV650.