Should I do it?
I grew up in a family that restored and collected old motorcycles, nothing really “old old” but mostly Japanese “superbikes” from the 60s and 70s. Things like RDs, SuperHawks, X-6 Hustler, GT Suzuki’s, XS650s, etc. but one of my dads best finds was a ‘62 Ducati Monza 250 he bought for $50 at a garage sale. It was complete, but repainted, not much to look at and unfortunately we never completed the restoration before my dad sold is when he reduced his collection around 10 years ago. But we used to ride it around a few times a summer and I have great memories of it as a kid.
At the time I was struggling a bit financially and couldn’t afford buy it myself, and I didn’t have the room for it anyway so the collection went away and he only has a great ‘75 Honda CB500T left. That’s mine, and not getting sold. Ever. Anyway, he was fine with it, so I was and time matched on. I miss that bike, however, and was the one I wish he had kept.
Fast forward to now, this past weekend to be exact, and I have been presented with an opportunity I’m looking for advice on. My dad has been looking for an old Honda Sport 50 or Super 90, basically his first ever motorcycle, and found a guy with a BUNCH of vintage bikes who lives in his area. Dad bought the S90, but while they were looking through a TON of old Hodaka’s, Bultaco’s, Honda’s, Bridgestone’s, etc. that were in their way to uncover the S90, dad said they moved a MINT Ducati 250 Scrambler, we think an original 62-67 model with the narrow case in his collection.
After they loaded the Honda into dads trailer, he told the guy his son would love that Ducati, and asked the guy what he wants for it, he called my dad, gave him a number and dad called me today with it. I’ve not seen it but I trust my dad, he said it’s C.L.E.A.N. like barely been ridden clean. Thing is I still don’t have much room, not do I have a huge need for a vintage bike just hanging around. At least not yet, in another 5 years, probably, but not right now.
But I want it. Bad. Real bad.
It’s priced pretty well, but about $500 more than I’m comfortable with, though I can’t find a great valuation of it. Five hundred dollars is not a huge amount, but enough I’m hesitating a bit.
Anyone familiar with old bikes can help me with valuing it? What would you pay for it? Should I do it or wait until the time is right? I hate to pass this up, not many around, not sure how long this guy will be around (his health is pretty bad and his wife has ZERO interest in the bikes), and well, it’s just cool. And I want it.
Did I say that before?
I’ll attach a pic of our old long gone Ducati and a pic of a Scrambler I pulled from the ‘net. It should be that bike exactly, based on dads description.
It’s so cool, and pretty much what I’d have done with the 250 we had.
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Last edited by Miweber929; 08-19-2019 at 11:03 PM.