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To Restore or Not to Restore
« on: 17 May, 2019, 17:35:23 »
I just bought my first vintage BSA... a 1962 C15ss. It is in good original shape but is missing original scrambler fenders and is sporting the C15 painted versions. The paint has some chips but overall good and pipes show rust.  I intend to go through the engine and polish or rechrome all parts as needed and will have to source some appropriate fenders.My question as a first timer at this is whether I will detract from the value of the bike with a repaint. And if is is not so bad to repaint should I select a stock color from the original colors offered that I might like better than the current red/orange color. I will probably spend much more time working on it versus riding it and would probably look for another bike when I'm done.
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Re: To Restore or Not to Restore
« Reply #1 on: 17 May, 2019, 22:13:19 »
sell it now and buy a complete wreck, you obviously don`t want to ride a motorcycle very much..


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Re: To Restore or Not to Restore
« Reply #2 on: 17 May, 2019, 23:01:38 »
sell it and buy a Japanese bike, sounds like you are more worried about the value.
restoring bikes/cars isnt done for the money it can get you, you spend more on them. some parts you will end up having to make.
I could sell you a 750 Laverda for 4000, you spend another 3000 on it and would probably stand a chance of a shilling or two, or I could sell you a GS500 for 500 , I make 100 and you can  ride it away with a carb clean be as good as new, starting to be collected by local VMCC members as cheap runners and future classics.Nice little RSX100 for 800 collectable 2 stroke on the up.

point being, we bought a 1965 B40 and the frame has been away a month and does not look too good, bent, cracked and bits missing. you would need to go through the frame if you had any thoughts about riding. paid 1000 . frame will then have to be painted  and not mentioned the motor yet.


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Re: To Restore or Not to Restore
« Reply #3 on: 18 May, 2019, 08:40:16 »

I'm thinking you may be in the U.S? (fenders vs mudguards). If you're doing this mainly for profit I suggest you research the sold prices of restored C15ss. These are not valuable bikes. The SS maybe a little more than the base model but not that much.

Over here - I suspect the cost of a full, quality restoration - especially if you're considering re-chroming - would be about the same as the re-sale value if not more.

Also, it might be worth checking that you do indeed have an SS and not just a C15 frame with a replacement SS engine which sounds possible.

'49 M21/B31 hybrid
'56 M21 combination
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C15 project
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