My wife wants to ride again. The aforementioned Suzuki Savage was hers, but she outgrew it, then we never got around to getting her another bike. If I kept this bike, I would do the sprocket and chain upgrade kit (about $100 on Amazon), which I hear does wonders for this bike.
She'll ride it until it sells - again, gotta ride 'em and not let 'em sit!
However, it's my FIL's girlfriend's bike, and she wants the money
because she obviously didn't get into riding (thus only 800 miles), she prefers 2-up on the FIL's GoldWing.
I don't have the cash to buy it at the moment, even if I wanted to.
ALSO, the deal is that I get a 25% commission on the sale, plus cost of parts, because it wasn't running and she was going to unload it for $1200 as-is
. I was like, NO! Let me fix it and pay me a cut and you'll STILL come out ahead. I spent about 10 hours on it and I expect to get about $500 in my pocket, so that's a pretty good hourly rate for something I otherwise enjoy doing.
It's a fun little bike, though. I was thiiiiiiis close to buying one as my first bike until I got wind of that '86 Shadow 750 from a friend of a friend - his wife wanted it GONE because it was costing money but was never fixed (why the shop couldn't figure it out is beyond me - they just kept flushing the clutch lines and charging him outrageous money) and he was unemployed at the time. At $500, I basically stole it from him, but his wife was happy, so it was a win-win in my eyes.
Anyway, I'm glad I got an extended chance to work on it and ride the Rebel! It's fun but it's nothing near my '09 Kawasaki Concours 1400. I might have a special casket made so I can be buried with my Connie
This forum was a wealth of information. I used it to figure out some stuff with the carb lines, the valve job, and the crankshaft seal. Thanks!