What's old 1980 CR250R worth?

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10/4/2017 8:31 AM

Hi guys, I'm considering buying and rebuilding a twin shock bike for post vintage MX racing...how much would you pay for this? min/max range...price includes VMX plastics and seat cover. Any issies with the 1980?
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10/4/2017 12:49 PM

no more than $500 for that unless there is something unobtanium in the parts with it

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10/4/2017 12:58 PM

If the frame, hubs and motor are all in usable condition, that is a $500.00 core bike. Yes, it has $200.00 worth of VMX plastics to consider, but the Clarke tank and Husky seat are going to get expensive to replace with correct stuff. The forks are junk, shocks are junk, swing arm was lengthened for 1980 to improve handling but flexes more, rims are brittle...and so on. Going to cost a bunch to make that one race ready. You can probably find nice race ready examples in the $2500.00-$3500.00 range.

If you do end up with it, I do have a nice original tank and pretty mint stock pipe.

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10/4/2017 12:58 PM

newmann wrote:

If the frame, hubs and motor are all in usable condition, that is a $500.00 core bike. Yes, it has $200.00 worth of VMX plastics to consider, but the Clarke tank and Husky seat are going to get expensive to replace with correct stuff. The forks are junk, shocks are junk, swing arm was lengthened for 1980 to improve handling but flexes more, rims are brittle...and so on. Going to cost a bunch to make that one race ready. You can probably find nice race ready examples in the $2500.00-$3500.00 range.

If you do end up with it, I do have a nice original tank and pretty mint stock pipe.

Beat by FTE.smile

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10/4/2017 1:14 PM

Poor ole gal looks rough... Would have to be well on the right side of 500.00 bucks as to me its a rolling parts bike.. If it were all there and ran it would really help... The plastics only worth its price new.
I'd offer 250.00 bucks for the bike and whatever the plastic cost new -20%, that way even if you get it home and it's worse than you thought you can part it out and come out OK.
Always cheaper to buy a running racer for 1500.00 unless you are into restoring
The 1980 CR isn't exactly the greatest motocross machine ever produced but I'm a believer that any bike can be made good with today's knowledge, resources and $$$

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10/4/2017 1:24 PM

Thx guys...I appreciate it...his CL asking price is $1450...its been sitting there a few days.
I've been racing an '83 CR250R, which is a pretty easy bike for a beginner Novice (me) to ride...I'm looking to try a twin shock bike to race and would like to get one of the easier ones to ride...was looking at the '78-80 CR250Rs and the '78 1/2 RM250s. I already have a '78 Yammy YZ250E for a little variety.

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10/4/2017 1:57 PM

I had the opportunity to pick this one (79) up several years back for $500.00. While I didn't particularly need or want it, I knew I could find a good home for it and also I knew someone who had been looking for one. I snatched it up and made a call. Complete and in "good" shape with a scorched cylinder.

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Tydog here from Vital drove over (750 miles) in his VW and picked it up. Minor disassembly required...lol.



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Little paint slathering by me and a whole lot of custom machined parts by him later



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10/4/2017 2:10 PM

Wow...that's really amazing...incredible Newman.
Going to take your guys advice and wait for something else...Given I ride them on weekends and am starting to race regularly, I would prefer to get something in running condition. Time spent in the garage for me is less time riding. There are bound to be guys getting a little too gray to keep racing (I'm 59) and there should be some nice bikes coming available, regularly, I would think...The last bike I bought was a '83 CR480R from a guy who quit racing.
Mine are no museum pieces...here's my '83CR250R at a race last weekend.Photo

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10/4/2017 2:14 PM
Edited Date/Time: 10/4/2017 2:15 PM

1980 roller a friend picked up thinking I might want to trade it for painting two Penton frames for him. Probably $500.00 worth of blasting and painting involved. Super clean low hour original without an engine. I figured Tydog needed a big block 480 project anyway so why not???

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Photobucket ate all the photos I had of it finished. Maybe KT can post up a few.



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10/4/2017 3:21 PM

I recently paid 6 bills for a 78 RM125 that I thought I could restore for about a grand or so. I've now got $2000 into it, plus the cost of the bike and haven't even torn into the motor yet. I don't have any regrets as I really enjoy the restoration aspect of a project bike like this but it doesn't come cheap.

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10/4/2017 6:29 PM

That bike is being sold by AZMikesVMXBikes. He's asking way too much ($1450) for a bike in that condition. Might want to ask for some feedback on his previous sales. He used to have a website but it appears to be dead these days. Still has an Ebay store. AZMikesVMXBikes

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10/4/2017 9:34 PM

DavetheVintageGuy wrote:

That bike is being sold by AZMikesVMXBikes. He's asking way too much ($1450) for a bike in that condition. Might want to ask for some feedback on his previous sales. He used to have a website but it appears to be dead these days. Still has an Ebay store. AZMikesVMXBikes

Thank you for the additional info.

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10/5/2017 7:03 AM

Got this one for $200.00. In retrospect, it was too much........wink Photo

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10/6/2017 6:57 AM

Question for you VMX riders/racers: Are these bikes fun to ride and race after having ridden modern bikes?

I was given a 1980 Honda CR250 (looks like the other sub-$500 examples above) and have been considering restoring it eventually.

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10/6/2017 8:11 AM

erik_94COBRA wrote:

Question for you VMX riders/racers: Are these bikes fun to ride and race after having ridden modern bikes?

I was given a 1980 Honda CR250 (looks like the other sub-$500 examples above) and have been considering restoring it eventually.

Well its all relative, I ride and race modern and vintage bikes and I think it makes both more fun...The older I get (45) the more I enjoy the nostalgia of the bikes that I cut out of magazines and hung on my wall as a kid.
The old bikes suck by modern standards (brakes, suspension) but that's what makes them fun at the same time. Think how much fun you can have on a crappy pit bike racing your buddies in a circle! Then when I hop back on a modern bike I'm amazed by how well everything works, we've come a long way since the old days!
I really like the vibe at vintage races, laid back and fun... Most guys are there just to participate but believe me a few guys will give you a run for your money!
I think VMX would be nearly impossible if your not into tinkering and are a competent mechanic (or your filthy rich) and I enjoy the garage time working on the bikes anyways, it's my therapy.
The new bikes just don't need much, change oil and air filters. After every vintage race I come home with a laundry list of ideas to make it work better for next time!

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10/6/2017 8:54 AM

Mr. Sandman wrote:

I recently paid 6 bills for a 78 RM125 that I thought I could restore for about a grand or so. I've now got $2000 into it, plus the cost of the bike and haven't even torn into the motor yet. I don't have any regrets as I really enjoy the restoration aspect of a project bike like this but it doesn't come cheap.

Thx for the reply...I completely agree. After thinking about it...this hobby is not really that expensive relative to other hobbies and is quite affordable if you are an older guy who has saved up some money. Imagine if these were sports cars! Add another zero to the end of every cost!
In your case, you may wind up with $3,500 in a pretty sweet, clean, and mechanically sound bike...that seems to be the going rate...some as low as $2500 for less desireable bikes and up to $5,000 for more desirable bikes? Of course...the labor is free in many cases.
That kinda tells me that there are more guys that enjoy rebuilding and restoring these bikes than there are guys who want to buy them? From a financial and time aspect, it kinda makes sense to be patiemt and find someone selling a restored bike? They still take a lot of time in the garage to tune and maintain, especially if you race. From a hobby perspective, makes perfect sense to rebuild an old $500 roller.
Anyway, that's my perspective, but I'm a bit of a newbie...you guys have been doing this a long time.

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