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J. Sinclair/CONCEPIA LLC J. Sinclair/CONCEPIA LLC This gorgeous piece of Natasha was $209. Is it worth it?

The end is close, really close. Perhaps another twenty hours if I am being totally realistic. There still is a bunch of work left, all of it small and detailed, which means time consuming. I have to create the throttle cables for the twin Mikuni carbs which might be a bit tricky. Install the carbs, fuel lines, and tank. Final mounting of the seat and rear light cluster. Plus cleaning/repainting the foot pedals, and configuring the keyless ignition system. (You might as well know that I am thinking of going back to the original Black Cats Eye taillight. I think the shiny LED combined taillight/brake lights is just a little too small and a little too modern. I want a bright dash of classic red at the end of the seat, and the cat's eye might do the trick.)

So while I haven't kept every single receipt, I do have a pretty good idea of the total cost of Natasha so far. Below is a complete breakdown of all the purchases. I primarily order my parts from Dime City Cycles. They have everything you could possibly need for building your own cafe racer dream, plus they are super friendly and efficient. Parts are always shipped really quickly, which is essential as plans change constantly during the build progression. It's hard to be stopped waiting for a crucial part.

Total cost of Natasha so far: $3177.32. Not too bad really, but it does help that the initial purchase of Natasha was for only $400. Of course if I then factor in my time, let's say I will finish at 144 hours, then depending on what I put my hourly rate at could change things considerably. US average hourly rate for a motorcycle mechanic  is anywhere between $9.91 to $26.63, but one could argue that I am doing much more than just a mechanics's duties and responsibilities, but I'm still not a professional custom bike builder like someone at Orange County Choppers where the bikes sell for tens of thousands of dollars... so what figure do I use? Let's say $30 an hour for this first build, as I've gone pretty slowly to get things done right, that puts my labor at $4320.00.

It's so hard to put a final retail price on something like Natasha; beauty is in the eye of the beholder and someone may see this bike and want it more than anything else and be prepared to pay a premium to get it. Not that she is going to be put up for sale. I have a good friend who needs to start riding motorbikes again, so Natasha will be spending the summers with her, and returning to me for wintertime maintenance, tweaking, and photo-shoots. I don't think I could sell her, but if someone came along with a wad of cash I might be swayed. It would have to be a really large wad of cash though. :)

ItemSkuQtySubtotal
1981 Suzuki GS450 Craigslist 1 $400.00
The DCC Original Ribbed Leather Wrapped "Cafe" Seat  DCC-TR-LWRAP 1 $225.95
Black Cats Eye Taillight  60-0694 1 $25.95
Arrow Deco Style Turn Signals - (Black & Amber)  61-83741 2 $29.90
Antigravity 4-cell Battery - (2.5 AMP Hour, 120 CCA)  AG-401 1 $124.95
"The Coveted" Mikuni VM34mm Carburetor -Left Side - (Standard Jetting) 001-030 1 $114.95
"The Coveted" Mikuni VM34mm Carburetor, Right Side - (Standard Jetting) 001-052 1 $114.95
Kenda K761 Dual Sport Tire - (110/80-18) 28-6153 1 $89.95
Clubman Handlebars - (Chrome) 23-12538 1 $39.95
7" Chrome Classic British Style Headlight Assembly (DOT Approved) 6635-26 1 $74.95
Acewell 2853 Digital Speedometer/Tachometer - (Chrome) 19-2853-CH 1 $209.00
Black Fiberglass Exhaust/Header Wrap - (1" Wide x 50' Roll) 66-0804 1 $49.95
Vintage OEM Style Fork Boots aka: Gaiters 716-1001 1 $19.95
"Retro-Slim" Chrome Eye to Eye Shock Absorbers - (320mm/12.50") 32-0227 1 $97.95
12" "Shorty" Muffler 80-03310 2 $59.90
Retro Glass & Chrome Inline Fuel Filter 603514 1 $11.95
UNI UP-123 Push In Crankcase Breather Filter 14-9855 1 $13.95
Kenda K761 Dual Sport Tire - (120/80-18) 28-6154 1 $98.95
K&N Filter Cleaning & Oil Kit KN-99-5000 1 $13.95
Mikuni "Plunger" Choke Lever - Plastic 002-816 2 $23.90
Mikuni Universal 2-into-1 Throttle Cable 002-025 1 $19.95
1/4" Fuel Line Clamps 14-0094 1 $4.95
3/16" Fuel Line Clamps 14-0093 1 $3.95
5/16" Fuel Line Clamps 14-0095 1 $5.95
7mm Red Copper Dynatek Spark Plug Wire Set 618-782 1 $21.95
DCC Original Aluminum Oval Bar End Mirror –- (Silver) DCC-BEM001 2 $89.90
Three Piece Universal Muffler/Exhaust Reducer Kit 80-47310 2 $13.90
1.56" - 1.70" Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Clamp 212-2757 2 $19.90
Aluminum Headlight Brackets - (Fits: 35-41mm Forks) 66-35830 1 $34.95
Red K&N Style Air Filter Pod - (60mm/2-3/10") 89-0060 2 $19.90
Galfer 40 Degree Short K7 Stainless Steel Banjo Fitting FK003D704C 2 $20.00
Galfer K7 Universal Stainless Steel Brake Lines - 30" K7-30U11 1 $33.00
Copper Banjo Crush Washers (20-Pack) 32-1737 1 $10.95
Universal GP Style Aluminum Footpegs 50-11231 1 $23.95
1/4" Black Fuel Line 53-9971 3 $5.25
1/8" Clear Vent Line 12-0000-FT 6 $9.00
10mm x 1.25 Brake Banjo Bolt: 24mm Length 57-40505 2 $15.90
DCC Original Silver Aluminum Bar Ends DCC-BEALUM 1 $19.00
Super Bike Style 780 Grips - (Black) 19-7802 1 $9.95
DEI 611T Mosfet Multiswitch eBay 1 $12.75
RFID Transponder Kit eBay 1 $6.00
3mm 12v Pre-Wired Red/Amber/Green LED - Ultra Bright (12v) LedLighthouse 3 $1.52
3mm LED Bezel / Holder - Black (plastic) LedLighthouse 3 $0.21
85dB Piezo Buzzer Amazon 1 $5.99
Amico 5 Pcs DC 12V Coil SPDT 5 Pin Mini Power Relays PCB Type Amazon 1 $1.40
Wire, Heat Shrink Tubing, Solder, Patience. Misc 1 $0.50
Magneto Emblem Partzilla 2 $21.94
Exhaust Gasket Partzilla 2 $10.56
Exhaust Pipe Clamp Partzilla 1 $4.42
Lock Washer Partzilla 4 $5.20
Exhaust Bolt Partzilla 1 $1.64
Exhaust Bolt (Header) Partzilla 4 $8.68
Stainless steel 18-8, 6mm x 1.0mm x 35mm BoltDepot 100 $20.02
Waterproof Toggle Switch FutureVision 1 $21.95
Oil Seal - Crankshaft BikeBandit 1 $7.32
Gasket - Clutch BikeBandit 1 $16.98
Gasket - Timing Cover BikeBandit 1 $3.79
Gasket - Magneto BikeBandit 1 $10.87
Gasket - Head BikeBandit 1 $24.73
Gasket - Cylinder Head BikeBandit 1 $16.81
90 Degree Cable Adjuster - Mukuni Carbs Jets R US 2 $18.00
Tire Mounting & Balancing North Hills Cycle 2 $60.00
Tank Refinishing North Hills Cycle 1 $400.00
RustoLeum High Temperature Paint - Black Lowes Misc $12.46
RustoLeum Spray Paint - Flat Black Lowes 2 $11.16
Cleaning Supplies: Rags, Purple Power, 409, etc Lowes Misc $30.00
Sanding and Polishing Supplies: Rags, ScotchBrite Pads, etc. Lowes Misc $100.00
Miscellaneous Bolts, Washers, Nuts, Hardware Lowes Misc $30.00
Cleaning Supplies: Rags, Purple Power, 409, etc Lowes Misc $50.00
LED Bulb Electronic Flasher FL2-RED SuperBrightLeds 1 $12.95
Miscellaneous Electrical: Solder, Crimps, Wire, etc. Misc Misc $20.00
NGK (B8ES Solid) Standard Spark Plug Amazon 2 $6.22
Grand Total $3177.32

 

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