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    Hey I'm new here, there a guy down the road selling a 1980 XS1100 Midnight Special for $1500 and I guess I just wanted to know if it was worth it. Bike has some wear and tear but nothing too extreme. Seat is in great condition and the bike starts right up. Might need new spark plugs but it runs good. Drove it around the block and it shifts really nice. I'm super unfamiliar with XS1100's so that's why I've turned to here for some guidence. Is that a good price? What should I be looking for?

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    In my opinion, $1500 is a fair price for any XS1100 model (standard, special, or MNS) that is roadworthy, rideable, with reasonably decent cosmetics. The price could be significantly greater if it has low mileage, in exceptional cosmetic condition and all OEM. A nice clean OEM black chrome exhaust alone would increase the value.
    Last edited by Ranger_xs1100; 11-22-2021, 08:31 AM.
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    Bob

    LG, Military theme.
    LH, With XJ maxim tank.
    SF, Current Project.
    1999 Ford Ranger, deceased.

    Links to my past and current projects:
    My Bike Projects (soon to be published) https://projectxs11.wordpress.com/bike-photos/
    My Book Project (now published) https://rucksackgrunt.com/

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    • #3
      It has 59k miles on it, does not have the original exhaust which is unfortunate, and the gas tank is pretty rusty on the inside. Other than that tho there's not really any other rust on the bike at all. Would the gas tank be an easy fix, or replacement? Not sure how easy it is to get parts for the bike.

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      • #4
        Here are the pictures that the guy provided in the add

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ranger_xs1100 View Post
          In my opinion, $1500 is a fair price for any XS1100 model (standard, special, or MNS) that is roadworthy, rideable, with reasonably decent cosmetics. The price could be significantly greater if it has low mileage, in exceptional cosmetic condition and all OEM. A nice clean OEM black chrome exhaust alone would increase the value.
          Not quite sure how this forum thing works yet, not sure if I have to "quote" you to reply to you're post or not so this is me trying.

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          • #6
            Napahkiin, A lot depends on what your personal goal is. The bike looks to be in fair condition and if it runs as well as you say, then I think it is a nice find for riding as is. I would probably make a lower offer however due to the mileage. All he can do is say no and then you’ll have a decision to make.

            If your goal is to restore it, then you’ll be making a significant investment. But I think it would be worth it if you are an MNS enthusiast as I am.

            It looks like the carbs are not the original black carbs with the gold chrome tops. However, the carbs can be painted. Gold plating the tops can be done, but is pricey of course. It also looks like the airbox does not have the original gold chrome. That would be hard to find.

            It’s hard to tell for sure from the picture but I think the bike has a desirable tune-able kerker super trapp exhaust which has value and could easily be sold if you wanted to purchase an OEM system. But finding a black chrome OEM exhaust is nearly impossible so you would probably need to find and have a regular chrome exhaust coated.

            Depending on how bad the internal tank rust is, it probably can be cleaned and saved. I use evapo-rust. Cajun31 has said that he has found that using cider vinegar produces good de-rusting results.
            I could go on and on, but in general, I think the bike appears to have very good potential.

            Hopefully others here will offer some opinions for you as well. Good luck and keep us posted if you go for it.
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            Bob

            LG, Military theme.
            LH, With XJ maxim tank.
            SF, Current Project.
            1999 Ford Ranger, deceased.

            Links to my past and current projects:
            My Bike Projects (soon to be published) https://projectxs11.wordpress.com/bike-photos/
            My Book Project (now published) https://rucksackgrunt.com/

            ...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Ranger_xs1100 View Post
              Napahkiin, A lot depends on what your personal goal is. The bike looks to be in fair condition and if it runs as well as you say, then I think it is a nice find for riding as is. I would probably make a lower offer however due to the mileage. All he can do is say no and then you’ll have a decision to make.

              If your goal is to restore it, then you’ll be making a significant investment. But I think it would be worth it if you are an MNS enthusiast as I am.

              It looks like the carbs are not the original black carbs with the gold chrome tops. However, the carbs can be painted. Gold plating the tops can be done, but is pricey of course. It also looks like the airbox does not have the original gold chrome. That would be hard to find.

              It’s hard to tell for sure from the picture but I think the bike has a desirable tune-able kerker super trapp exhaust which has value and could easily be sold if you wanted to purchase an OEM system. But finding a black chrome OEM exhaust is nearly impossible so you would probably need to find and have a regular chrome exhaust coated.

              Depending on how bad the internal tank rust is, it probably can be cleaned and saved. I use evapo-rust. Cajun31 has said that he has found that using cider vinegar produces good de-rusting results.
              I could go on and on, but in general, I think the bike appears to have very good potential.

              Hopefully others here will offer some opinions for you as well. Good luck and keep us posted if you go for it.
              couldn't have said it better myself. You need to consider what your ultimate goal is for the bike then go from there. Not knowing much about xs1100's in general, you have at least come to the right forum for advice. Bottom line is that bike lacks quite a few things to be a good example of a MNS. Along with what Bob has pointed out the bike is also missing the center stand, which might not be useable with the existing exhaust and they might still have it. You might want to ask. Also the seat on the bike is not an MNS seat. The mileage is not excessively high, however you have to understand with any used bike, you don't really know how it has been treated over time. If it runs and shifts smoothly that is definitely a plus. I don't know what your budget allows. If it were me making an offer I would probably get laughed at with what I would offer for that particular bike. Of course like Bob I am a MNS enthusiast and have owned one of my 80 LG MNS's since I bought in brand new. I also have two others that I have restored over the past two years. I would only be interested in that bike with restoring it to it's oem condition which would dictate a lower offer from me. Like I said ... you need to decide what your goals for the bike are and make an offer you can live with. If none of the cosmetics are important to you then ask them what would be the lowest they would take for it. As Bob stated ... I always use apple cider vinegar to clean the inside of the tank. Can offer more advice on that procedure if you decide to buy the bike.
              2 - 80 LGs bought one new
              81 LH
              02 FXSTB Nighttrain
              Jim

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              • #8
                I have an '81 SH that I 'resurrected'. The tank was a disaster. I was considering using a liner compound when I read about another member using distilled apple cider vinegar and small nuts and bolts (I used steel shot). Worked great! As cajun31 mentioned, there is a procedure but well worth the time. Sounds like the bike would be a good investment.

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                • #9
                  Hey everyone! I ended up buying it anyways, dropped him down to $1250 which was reasonable enough for me. Mechanically it runs great, had to choke for like 30 seconds this morning but it was pretty cold. Starts up right away now. Most of the issues with it is cosmetic which is a given for an 80s motorcycle.

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