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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-26-2007, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Is it possible to part out a motorcycle and make money?

Ok, I need a brand new engine out of either a GSXR-1000 or an R1. It has to be a 2007, b/c both of those have the back torque limiting clutch(don't want to blow the motor b/c of a bad downshift). This is going in an open wheel road racing car, so I would also like the latest technology.

I am thinking about purchasing a new bike, riding the break in period(how important is that really), and then taking the motor and harness and selling everything else.

How much could I realistically expect to get for a perfect set of plastic, a good frame, good wheels/tires, etc.?

I have had bad experiences with buying junkyard/wrecked bike motors in the past, they have often come in terrible shape, even from low miles bikes.

I know this is my first post. Shanman sent me over here from Corvette Forum.

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And I have absolutely no idea!! If it wasnt a brand new bike I would say you have a good chance of making all or most of your money back on selling the parts, but on a new one...

BUT, i cant remember the name of the place, but there is a salvage yard in North Alabama, maybe Shan will know the name, and they sell bike engines etc, they are awesome to work with and the shipping is quick and reasonable! I had to buy a new engine for my bike and was able to purchase an 05 engine to put in my 03 bike for $1500 plus about $85 to have it shipped overnight (yeah, i was in a hurry) and that was EVERYTHING!! All I had to do was drop it in and connect the lines.

I was very happy with them and the engine, it only had 27 miles on it!

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I think somebody on this forum must have some experience woth this...

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Why not just buy the engine alone, I don't remember what sites there are but I vaguely remember Muzzy built some Zx14 engines.... But You may lose putting the fairings on ebay.
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it'll take you a lot of time and money to part out enough parts to make it worth your while... best bet is to try to get the engine alone, sorry.
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it'll take you a lot of time and money to part out enough parts to make it worth your while... best bet is to try to get the engine alone, sorry.
yeah, I can get the engine alone for $5,000, seems like a lot for a ~$11,000 bike.

We are about to have a very urgent need for an engine, so we will see what we end up having to do.

I would be very interested in finding out about more bike junkyards around the south, since I am in Alabama.
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so how important do you guys think that the break in period is?

would it be ok to buy a new bike motor, and immediately start pounding on it?
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i broke my bike in right, but i hear alot of people say " break it in how your going to ride it"

i dunno if it would hurt the motor or not
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so how important do you guys think that the break in period is?

would it be ok to buy a new bike motor, and immediately start pounding on it?
ooohh...I wouldn't....your asking for problems.

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so how important do you guys think that the break in period is?

would it be ok to buy a new bike motor, and immediately start pounding on it?
I would hope you could tell us after you try?

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if your gona buy a new gixxer and part it out.. give us the chance to buy the parts first
Ill take: rear tire, chain, seat cowl, and possibly gas tank
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i broke my bike in right, but i hear alot of people say " break it in how your going to ride it"

i dunno if it would hurt the motor or not
ya gotta agree w/ sav.


the bike bible of your choice always states how to properly break in your crotch rocket.




and why again are you putting a bike engine in a 4 wheeled vehicle? just go get an engine from a busted acura or something
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ya gotta agree w/ sav.


the bike bible of your choice always states how to properly break in your crotch rocket.




and why again are you putting a bike engine in a 4 wheeled vehicle? just go get an engine from a busted acura or something
cause its cool thats why

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ya that was cool.
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As some of us people that have been here a while know I parted out my 2000 Suzuki SV650 and made about $4,000+

So, yes you can make a lot of money parting out a bike. Keep in mind your bike you plan on parting out should be in "high demand" Also once you start selling parts there is no turning back.

I wanted to sell my SV parts really quick so I went to ebay and saw what the starting bids were at and I went BELOW that....therefore I could have made A LOT more money, but I did get rid of all the parts fairly quick.

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and why again are you putting a bike engine in a 4 wheeled vehicle? just go get an engine from a busted acura or something
SCCA is starting a new class called F1000. It's an open wheel class, with 1000cc bike motors in the back of a chassis with a flat bottom and wings. It should be very, very fast. The 8" wide slicks on the back are the main reason a slipper clutch is neccesary. With that much tire, missing a downshift would mean a blown motor.

We are going to be building a car, and we need an engine. We are likely going to be making more cars for other people, so we want to pick an engine that is already proving popular, so that we can use that.

I was just looking for a way to try to save some money, and maybe ride a bike again for a while. I still need to look into it further, as I don't really know what price parts bring(Ebay seems really lower than I would have expected parts to go).
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SCCA is starting a new class called F1000. It's an open wheel class, with 1000cc bike motors in the back of a chassis with a flat bottom and wings. It should be very, very fast. The 8" wide slicks on the back are the main reason a slipper clutch is neccesary. With that much tire, missing a downshift would mean a blown motor.

We are going to be building a car, and we need an engine. We are likely going to be making more cars for other people, so we want to pick an engine that is already proving popular, so that we can use that.

I was just looking for a way to try to save some money, and maybe ride a bike again for a while. I still need to look into it further, as I don't really know what price parts bring(Ebay seems really lower than I would have expected parts to go).
Cool I am an scca member and I did not know that I know dsr is essentially a 1,000cc bike class sounds cool man if you get a car built I would want to see some updates..

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i say hunt junkyards or call insurance co. looking for totaled gixxer 1k's with runing motors..... or check the obituaries for squids who couldnt ride...

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Cool I am an scca member and I did not know that I know dsr is essentially a 1,000cc bike class sounds cool man if you get a car built I would want to see some updates..
I'll try to throw up an update sometime, so that you guys can see what might happen to your bike motors some day.

This is almost an open wheel DSR class. It doesn't allow quite the aero, so it should be slightly slower. It is still going to be a wild class.

We are teaming with a long time formula car designer/builder to do some of the production work on his new design. We should be taking delivery of a new cnc vertical machining center next week to start really cutting parts(we've been running a smaller cnc before this).

I'm pretty excited about it, and I can't even afford one of the cars we're building. We're in west alabama, you should try to check out a race sometime.

we do need this engine, so we may end up buying the bike anyways. the crate engines don't seem to be available yet. Can I get these from a normal dealer?
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so how important do you guys think that the break in period is?

would it be ok to buy a new bike motor, and immediately start pounding on it?


You can start pounding it right out of the crate. How long do plan on running the motor anyway...probly not for a ton of miles, right. Just buy it and hammer away.




Also...I could get more for my bike by parting it out than selling it whole.



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