1974 Buyers Guide - Check out these prices

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2/9/2018 9:36 AM

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Positively, absolutely 110% obsessed with anything MOTO.

2/9/2018 9:44 AM

Interesting using this inflation calculator $1500 in 1974 is about $8000 today, and $60 is about $320 today. Bikes and gear prices are pretty close to equal.

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2/9/2018 9:52 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/9/2018 9:54 AM

1500 was a lot back then for a bike, usually the euro bikes were around that price but Japanese bikes were much cheaper
If I remember correctly I paid 649 for my 73 Suzuki tm125
Cool magazine btw

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If you like uncle tony's meatballs, you'll love his sausage

Now that's Italian

2/9/2018 10:24 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/9/2018 10:26 AM

It's not the cost of things. It's what you get paid in relation to the cost.
My parents made 3 times in the early 80s comparitively to what I make now.

Can you imagine having a new car and the longest term you can get is 18 months?
You'd have a 5 grand car payment. Your value at your job is shit because they can replace you in a minute with someone who will work way cheaper.

And they are probably more qualified on paper with a brand new degree they received with grant money.





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2/9/2018 10:58 AM

I have a brand new 1975 torsten hallman (Thor) catalog with the price list laying around somewhere

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If you like uncle tony's meatballs, you'll love his sausage

Now that's Italian

2/9/2018 11:16 AM

Asimo wrote:

It's not the cost of things. It's what you get paid in relation to the cost.
My parents made 3 times in the early 80s comparitively to what I make now.

Can you imagine having a new car and the longest term you can get is 18 months?
You'd have a 5 grand car payment. Your value at your job is shit because they can replace you in a minute with someone who will work way cheaper.

And they are probably more qualified on paper with a brand new degree they received with grant money.





Yep . Also I see jobs advertised requiring an Associate's degree starting at $12 an hour. My father made near that as a garbage man back in the 70s . Or as he called himself , a Sanitation Engineer. smile

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2/9/2018 3:11 PM

Asimo wrote:

It's not the cost of things. It's what you get paid in relation to the cost.
My parents made 3 times in the early 80s comparitively to what I make now.

Can you imagine having a new car and the longest term you can get is 18 months?
You'd have a 5 grand car payment. Your value at your job is shit because they can replace you in a minute with someone who will work way cheaper.

And they are probably more qualified on paper with a brand new degree they received with grant money.





ATKpilot99 wrote:

Yep . Also I see jobs advertised requiring an Associate's degree starting at $12 an hour. My father made near that as a garbage man back in the 70s . Or as he called himself , a Sanitation Engineer. smile

The degree is the new diploma. Everyone has one. Whats worse at least here is a good 95% can barely speak any English.


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2/9/2018 3:16 PM

Sadly, a degree doesn’t really mean jack shit anymore. Especially for those in education. I have a family full of educators and almost annually, something they have is reduced. Whether it be insurance, supplies, retirement......something. We are in a hell of a shape

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2/9/2018 5:01 PM

If we bought all of those exact things brand new today they would be the same price. Technology impoves therefore the price goes up

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2/9/2018 5:43 PM

I want one of those 25 dollar mufflers.

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2/9/2018 7:58 PM

75 bucks for boots in 74 didn't come easily for many. Sacrifices had to be made. Kinda like today I guess.

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2/9/2018 10:20 PM

In the 70s a pair of leathers was a big investment for most and they got used until they were shot out or didn't fit. I wore same Bill Walter leathers, Hi Point boots and Electro Hemet for 3 or so years till there was nothing left. Mom would stitch a patch on the pants. I glued and taped pieces of leather on the hi points to keep the shifter from tearing my big toe up.

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2/10/2018 4:01 AM

Uncle Tony wrote:

1500 was a lot back then for a bike, usually the euro bikes were around that price but Japanese bikes were much cheaper
If I remember correctly I paid 649 for my 73 Suzuki tm125
Cool magazine btw

I had 73 tm125 also , 650 bucks really liked that little bike .. at my high priced local Honda dealer you could get cr250 995 out the door, yrs. later he told me in those days he doubled his money on all bikes he sold . unlike now days .

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