Throughout my ownership of my 1974 CL125S project bike, I maintained careful records of my investments—money-wise, if not time wise. The total cost, including the bike, was $3673.23. Of that, only $2315.78 worth of stuff actually ended up being a part of the bike when I sold it.
Here’s the final tally:
|Purchase price||$ 750.00|
|Sales tax, property tax, title fees, inspection, licensing, scheduled maint.||$ 267.74|
|General chassis repair parts||$ 490.21|
|Money spent restoring old tank that was eventually trashed||$ 156.79|
|Parts purchased that ended up broken, unsuitable, or not used||$ 735.93|
|12V/LED/AGM electrical upgrade||$ 380.50|
|Fuel tank & fittings||$ 271.91|
|Parts for aborted front brake and stator upgrades||$ 196.99|
|Total Expenditure||$ 3673.23|
|Sale price of bike||$ (1450.00)|
|Estimated market value of serviceable parts on hand||$ (350.00)|
|Net loss||$ 1873.23|
|Cost per day over 1,977 days||$ 0.95|
Did I lose my shirt? You can clearly see that I did. But look at that last number. For less than a buck a day, I had some great fabrication practice, lots of mental exercise thinking up solutions to unforeseen issues, and even though I didn’t really intend or desire for this to be a 5-year-plus project, a lot of rewarding moments along the way. When it was all over, the cruises I took around town, with the bike starting on the first kick and purring perfectly, were totally, absolutely, 100% worth the investment.
So, I guess that closes out the story of the CL125S. What’s next? Well, I might finally have a chance to pull my long-dormant Bultakenstein out of the back corner of the garage. Then again, I might not. Right now, I can’t say.