Hi Kirk, first off welcome to the forum. You've chosen a great place to learn from. I don't think with either bike you can go wrong. Both are carbed so there shouldn't be a tremendous amount of difference between them. I too am building a bobber project. I've gotten some great ideas from our forum, and from several YouTube videos. There's several 650 bobbers on there. Low and Mean also has some good vids on bobbers. Keep us updated on your progress.
Hello Keith! Thank you - Glad to be part of this awesome community. Awesome that helps greatly! Sweet cannot wait to see what you do with yours. i am surely going to check out Low and Mean. I will surely keep ya updated. Thanks once again for the welcome.
i'd be inclined to go with whoever took better care of the bike. ask the owners about their maintenance schedules. when/how often were fluids changed, tires, carb cleaned, etc.? how has each been stored? were they regularly ridden or sat for years? how were they prepped when stored? the '99 looks like it's in front of a dealer so good luck getting answers on that one, but at least you can ask if they have fully serviced/inspected it and what currently needs to be done to it or tune it.
Hey Bevo ! Awesome Info - Thanks Bevo - I had been putting a small list together to ask the owner, your tips most defiantly highlight the best questions. and yes The dealers always work that charm into in so gotta be careful. I have been looking and looking cannot find a bike less than 9K Miles for under 3K. These two are the only ones i managed to track down.
I have to agree with Bevo on this one. But since you're gonna make a bobber out of it, and remove most of the parts anyway, might get a little return on investment by selling off the parts that you remove. That being said, looks like more stuff on the 99 to sell off. Either way, good luck on yer venture.
Hello Sonysnek! Thats true, i didn't even think that far. It will surely help out a little i guess. These bikes are everywhere so i am sure selling parts won't be an issue.
I have never worked on a motorcycle, but in my spare time i build Movie Props ( Prop Weapons, Lights, Set Decor - etc ). I also built a CNC Machine last year, it took me about 6 months, when building that i had no experience. I believe one can do anything if you truly enjoy doing the task on hand. I have always loved motorcycles, and want to be like you folks where you build something for yourself with your own hands and according to your own taste. I am sure it will be difficult at first but i am excited about learning & starting this project.