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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Hey all! I bought an 87' Rebel 250 for $300 a few weeks ago. It had no title, an exhaust stud snapped off on the head, no battery, missing turn signal, chewed up air filter element, no filter spring, dents in the tank--you get the picture. Rode it 32 miles home with no battery and the exhaust partially off (I know, I know).

I had a 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 I just sold a year ago, so I wanted something different than just a typical small cruiser. This old bike was pretty clapped out, so I figured a bobber would be cool and relatively cheap.

Here's what I did:

Removed rear fender, old seat, old tail light, old turn signals, old headlight, rear foot pegs, chain guard, front fender, mirrors

Exhaust wrap
AGM battery
LED headlight in Sportster housing
LED turn signals
LED taillight/license plate holder
Custom faux leather seat
Bobber seat springs welded on
Trailer fender painted and welded on rear
Shock boots (cut down the middle and zip tied, because the real way is too much work)
New handlebars
New brown grips
New mirrors
Bondo-ed dents (and did a poor job)
Black and olive drab paint with white star
Ripped out sketchy wiring and soldered all connections
Replaced air filter and installed spring
Adjusted and lubed chain

Vermont title trick 馃槈

Drilled out the old exhaust stud (at an angle, oops), went way too deep. Tapped it, and filled it with JB Weld and a new stud.

Ordered missing exhaust collar from Partzilla, paid for express shipping, 2 WEEKS LATER it's nowhere in sight, so I bought it locally and installed it (Partzilla sucks--sent so many wrong items, and very late too).

Installed missing exhaust gaskets

Still to do: new front tire coming

I spent about $800-900 total (bike, title, paint, parts). I'm super happy with it.

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Looks nice! A perfect answer to "what am I gonna do with this $300 bike?" Glad to hear the Vermont title trick works too. Every now and again I come across a revivable car or motorcycle with no title and wonder about that.
 

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Thanks! Vermont cashed the check, so I'm assuming I'll get a plate soon 馃槵

The guy gave me a story about his brother in the military moving around the world and losing the title. As long as it's not a hot bike!
 

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Welcome to forum n enjoy your ride
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Update on the Vermont title trick: In Ohio, it does not work anymore. I went to 2 BMVs today, and they said that loophole was closed 2 years ago. Now I'm stuck with a VT plate and registration. I'm just gonna ride and hope for the best, they implied a new title will be impossible to obtain.
 

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Awww man! Always someone in politics trying to fix something that doesn't need fixing & making it worse.
 
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Here's an updated list of what I've done so far:

New clutch
Valves adjusted
New front tire, tube, and rim strip
New starter clutch internals
New plugs
New exhaust gaskets
New exhaust collars
New fuel line
New fuel filter
New air filter
New air filter spring
New LED headlight, taillight, turn signals, neutral indicator, turn signal indicator, high beam indicator, and speedo backlight
New flasher relay
New custom seat and springs
Pipe wrap
New grips
New handlebar
Shock boots
New mirrors
New AGM battery
Fresh oil change with motor flush
Tank taken off and fully cleaned
Carb torn down and fully cleaned
Chain just lubed
Custom rear fender

What am I missing? There's gotta be more I can do. Performance, appearance, maintenance. GOT THE DISEASE!

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