Art Edelstein's Member Page
Member: lifeimitatesart
Name: Art Edelstein
From: Schenectady, NY, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 66 years old
Riding For: 46 years
Homepage: http://www.artedelstein.com/motorcyclechronicles.htm
 
 Current:
1979 Honda CBX 1050

Photos: 6
Purchased: Jan 2003
Info: A very collectible and rideable bike, even if a bit rough. Has fork brace, sport kit and Mustang seat. Needs some maintenance but runs and handles decently. New rear tire in July 2007 improved the ride. 6-1 DG exhaust now fitted.
1980 Suzuki GS1000S

Photos: 2
Purchased: Apr 2007
Info: Currently in drag bike trim, but I have all of the street / stock parts for conversion back to total street form.
1999 Honda CBR 1100 Blackbird

Photos: 8
Purchased: Jul 2008
Info: A really great bike with just 8977 miles when purchased. Damaged left side plastics and mirror, easily fixed/replaced. Came with Givi Monokey rack and two trunks. Replacement parts cost $500 (mostly lower cowl expense). Bike has superior performance, braking and handling. Fuel injection is excellent. 14k miles with just new brake pads needed.
2003 Harley Davidson Fat Boy Anniversary Ed.

Photos: 9
Purchased: Oct 2011
Info: Another amazing trade. Traded the 96 LowRider for this outrageous Fatboy. Added a Memphis Shades windshield and rolled the handlebars a bit down and back. 10,400 miles when acquired. A huge, loud and excellent condition bike. Now has stock (quieter) mufflers and decent saddlebags.
2009 Suzuki DL 650

Photos: 5
Info: Traded the 2003 Kawasaki ZZR1200 for this great bike. Fun. Light. Very rideable.
1984 Kawasaki GPZ 1100

Photos: 8
Purchased: Aug 2012
Info: Purchased in Oriskany NY on August 25th. Runs strong and loud and is inspected. Bike has narrow gas tank, fatter, padded handgrips and is in very original condition. Very new looking tires and starts instantly. Fuel injection works fine.
1981 Kawasaki GPZ 1100

Photos: 3
Purchased: Jul 2012
Info: Part of a 2 bike purchase. Paint job done. Exhaust and carbs purchased. Needs ignition key (seat latch key didn''t work).
 
 Past:
2003 Kawasaki ZZR 1200

Photos: 3
Purchased: Sep 2006
Sold: Apr 2012
Info: Purchased used with 3300 miles. Completely stock. Noticeable flat spot in carburetion at just below 4k rpm. Solid, great ride. Even better than my former ZX11 which was a superior ride. Traded for 2009 VStrom 650 April 2012.
1996 Yamaha Royal Star (XVZ 1300)

Photos: 11
Purchased: Jul 1999
Sold: May 2012
Info: Solid reliable cruiser. Sold with 32k miles. A bit heavy and slow compared to my usual sport rides.. but ergonomics are perfect for me. It''s set up very well for cruising/touring. Remarkably low maintenance and reliable bike. An excellent long term ownership bike! 13 seasons of great riding.
1964 Honda Dream 305

Photos: 2
Purchased: Sep 2005
Sold: Jun 2008
Info: Hasn''t been run in years, but low miles and very original. May just need slight restoration. Sold to guy in Vermont. With both carb covers and petcock repair kit.
1965 Honda Dream 305

Photos: 3
Purchased: Aug 2006
Sold: Oct 2008
Info: This is actually another 1964 bike, but a RARE 250 model. Another project bike. Seems reasonably intact and original. Decent compression... and those old-style mufflers... very retro.
1993 Kawasaki ZZR 1100 / ZX11

Photos: 4
Purchased: Nov 1997
Sold: Aug 2005
Info: 8 seasons of great riding. Sold with Approx. 20k miles. Strong and reliable.
2001 Kawasaki kawasaki ninja 500

Photos: 2
Purchased: Aug 2005
Sold: Nov 2006
Info: Great performing bike. 53 mpg and plenty of acceleration if you wind up the revs.
1999 Kawasaki GPX 250 / Ninja 250

Photos: 1
Purchased: Nov 2003
Sold: Sep 2006
Info: A surpisingly good ride. Zippy if the revs are kept up. Perfect for beginners and fun for all. I never saw the claimed 70+ mpg... more like 55 mpg, but then again I weigh 220lbs and hammered the bike hard for the fun of it.
2001 Kawasaki GPX 250 / Ninja 250

Photos: 1
Purchased: Dec 2003
Sold: Jun 2004
Info: Another one!
2002 Kawasaki GPX 250 / Ninja 250

Photos: 1
Purchased: Aug 2003
Sold: Aug 2004
Info: Great fun in a small easy to ride package. Beginner''s paradise... but also capable of hauling bigger riders.
1978 Kawasaki KZ 1000

Photos: 3
Purchased: Jan 2002
Sold: Jan 2004
Info: A great find.. low mileage bike with fairing included. Everything worked even though it was 24 years old. Ran it two years and 2500 miles with minimal work. Did add 4-1 black, MAC exhaust.
1987 Honda CBR 1000 F

Photos: 1
Purchased: Sep 1988
Sold: Jul 1989
Info: Short term ownership... Just part of one season. Too smooth and quiet. Very well engineered.
1983 Suzuki GS 1100

Photos: 1
Purchased: Nov 1984
Sold: Apr 1989
Info: High performance UJM. Anti-drive brakes never did much. LCD gear indicator was a curious feature. Rode this for 15k miles. A strong performer and very reliable.
1979 Kawasaki KZ 1000

Photos: 1
Purchased: Apr 1979
Sold: Apr 1984
Info: My first big bike. A 4 cylinder, high performance super bike.
1978 Kawasaki KZ 750

Photos: 2
Purchased: Apr 1978
Sold: Apr 1979
Info: A British replica, long stroke twin with mild performance and timid sounding exhaust. But smooth and reliable. One year''s use for me.
1974 Yamaha XS 650

Photos: 3
Purchased: Apr 1974
Sold: Apr 1978
Info: Very attractive looking Japanese bike. Bought it new. Put on 12,000 miles. Minor electrical glitch caused by broken ignition wire in headlight shell.
1971 Honda CB 450

Photos: 2
Purchased: Jan 1971
Sold: Apr 1974
Info: Purchased mid-winter in NYC. I put on 16,000 miles in 3 years... 9k the first year when I did not own a car.
1967 Harley Davidson Sprint 350SX

Photos: 1
Purchased: Jul 1969
Sold: Nov 1970
Info: My bike was an Aermacchi Sprint 250 SS, but this is a photo of a later year Sprint 350 (two mufflers). It is the only photo of a bike that isn''t/wasn''t mine.
1968 Honda SS125A Super Sport 125

Photos: 4
Purchased: May 1968
Sold: May 1969
Info: My first bike. Learned to ride this in NYC traffic on May 5th 1968. Luckily it was a Saturday!
1977 Suzuki GS 750

Photos: 2
Purchased: Jul 2007
Sold: Aug 2007
Info: In amazingly original trim and in excellent condition. This bike has less than 9,000 miles. New battery and it starts instantly. Needs minor rear disk brake fix (binds but simple item). Saddle bags removed then re-installed when the bike was sold. Ran perfectly when delivered to new owner.
1978 Honda CB 750

Photos: 2
Purchased: Oct 2007
Sold: Mar 2012
Info: New acqusition fall of 2007. Needs both side covers, battery, minor electrical work. Cleaned up nicely. Orig exhaust was in fine shape. Sold without fixing the wiring issue. Never ran.
1980 Kawasaki KZ 1000

Photos: 4
Purchased: Nov 2007
Sold: Mar 2012
Info: This is the fuel injected Z1 Classic Model. Very stock condition. Stored for last 10 years. Acquired from owner in Port Jervis NY. Sold March 2012 after spending money to get running. Only driven 3 miles. New plugs, battery, dyna ignition and coils made the difference.
1975 Honda CB400F

Photos: 3
Purchased: Nov 2007
Sold: Aug 2010
Info: This bike went to Carl along with another CB400F.
1999 Suzuki Bandit 600

Photos: 3
Purchased: Oct 2008
Sold: Dec 2008
Info: A low mileage bike with headlight and taillight modulators and security alarm. Perfect condition. Ran strong if revved but had quirky lack of response when low on gas but never certain what that was about. Sold it in December to clear some space for more bike projects.
1977 Kawasaki KZ 1000

Photos: 5
Purchased: Nov 2008
Sold: May 2009
Info: From Saratoga. Clutch cable replace and new battery included. A classic. All there. Sold to Tony in Stamford CT.
1978 Kawasaki LTD1000

Photos: 4
Purchased: Mar 2008
Sold: May 2009
Info: Project bike with a title. SOLD. LTD model converted to KZ1000 with old style tank and tailpiece. Dyna ignition, oil cooler, Kerker exhaust, flat bars. Has had attention to touch up paint, bleed brakes and get in running condition. A bit loud and raw.
1982 Kawasaki KZ 1100

Photos: 4
Purchased: Apr 2008
Info: Possible restoration bike with title. Complete bike with low miles but some sad neglect. Stripped for parts. Engine was bad... spun cam bearings and cam cover ruined.
1998 Suzuki Bandit 1200S

Photos: 4
Purchased: May 2009
Sold: May 2009
Info: A great zippy bike. 39 mpg, upright position and easy to ride. Owned for 3 weeks in May 2009. Sold to guy from NYC who came to pick it up with license plate and phone GPS and rode it away on a perfect sunny day.
1976 Honda CB 550

Photos: 3
Purchased: Jun 2009
Sold: Jul 2009
Info: A very original bike in amazingly good condition with turn out exhausts, only 13k miles and all original air boxes, extra seat. Looks nice in that chocolate brown color. Sold.
1985 Harley Davidson FXST

Photos: 10
Purchased: Aug 2010
Sold: Aug 2011
Info: This bike was purchased from a friend after spending 12+ years off the road. Needed some attention but nothing major at all. On the road in Sept. 2010 with just 6k miles. Very original. Rode 1200 miles and then traded it for the 1996 Dyna Softail. (see below)
1976 Honda CB 750

Photos: 1
Purchased: Jul 2010
Sold: Jan 2012
Info: Got this from a friend. Had carbs rebuilt in CA for $200. Very original with under 7k miles. Gas tank has gotten seal kit and complete bottom patching and repair. Purchased another gas tank sold in the winter 2012. Rode this bike approx. 350 miles.
1980 Kawasaki KZ 750

Photos: 5
Purchased: Jul 2010
Sold: Apr 2011
Info: Nice looking but required significant work on brakes, carbs, gas tank, tires, electrical. Went to Morgan in NYC.
1980 Kawasaki KZ 550

Photos: 4
Purchased: May 2011
Sold: Jun 2011
Info: Purchased in Colonie from someone who never was able to use it. Just needed brake bleeding for the front. Works just fine!
1982 Kawasaki CSR 305

Photos: 5
Purchased: Jun 2011
Sold: Jun 2011
Info: Very original with under 9k miles. Needs battery, carb work, flasher relay, light bulbs, brake bleeding... Excellent tires.
1977 Kawasaki KZ 900

Photos: 9
Purchased: Sep 1999
Sold: Mar 2012
Info: Bike languished unfinished for many years. Then sold for export to the UK with several other Z1''s.
1996 Harley Davidson FXDL

Photos: 7
Purchased: Aug 2011
Sold: Oct 2011
Info: Traded the 1985 Evo Softail in an even deal for this bike. Bike has high lift cams, S&S carburetor, loud exhaust, chrome all over.
1976 Suzuki GT 500

Photos: 7
Purchased: Jun 2011
Sold: Sep 2011
Info: From Predels to my driveway. Cleaned up at John''s, keys made at Wolfe Locksmith, registered in VT and sold in Sept.
1974 Suzuki TC 100

Photos: 4
Purchased: Aug 2011
Sold: Sep 2011
Info: Another Predels find. Carb cleaned, fuel line replaced and entire bike cleaned and then sold.
1973 Kawasaki F11 250

Photos: 1
Info: I rode this in the Albany Pine Bush. MY first two stroke bike. Rode it in the snow too. Kept it as clean as a street bike.
1976 Kawasaki KZ 900

Photos: 2
Info: From Oneco CT. scrapyard. Sold for export to UK in 2012.
1988 Suzuki GSX 1100F

Photos: 2
Purchased: Nov 1989
Sold: Dec 1997
Info: A big, solid ride. Electric windshield never did much of anything special but move up and down. 8 seasons of excellent service.
1993 Suzuki GSX 1100F

Photos: 5
Purchased: Sep 2009
Sold: Aug 2010
Info: Very original and low miles. 10k. Corbin seat, Yoshimura exhaust. Rebuilt carbs and a strong runner. Put on 1,000 miles and sold in August 2010.
1982 Suzuki Gs1000sz

Photos: 9
Purchased: Sep 2007
Sold: Jul 2010
Info: Bought for export to UK. Ended up fixing to run and sold to a friend.
1971 Honda sl 350

Photos: 3
Sold: Sep 2010
Info: Buy and sell. Sold at Rice-O-Rama for slight profit after cleaning up over the winter.
1982 Honda CB 900

Photos: 6
Purchased: Jun 2012
Sold: Jun 2012
Info: Bought from Predel''s and sold two weeks later. 42k miles. Needed new plugs and got it running. Fresh oil and good to go. Missing side covers and frozen choke cable.. but quite decent looking. Came with extra exhaust pipes and complete air box replacement.
2005 Yamaha Fz6

Photos: 4
Purchased: Aug 2012
Sold: Aug 2012
Info: A quick purchase from a GE friend who was leaving the states. Bike had fender eliminator, spools, dark windscreen and just 8227 miles. Ridden 30 miles.
1983 Honda VT 500 (Shadow)

Photos: 6
Purchased: Sep 2012
Sold: Mar 2013
Info: Project bike for sale spring of 2013. Complete including key and battery but no title. Sold March 28th 2013.
1983 Honda VF 750 (Interceptor)

Photos: 3
Purchased: Sep 2012
Sold: Mar 2013
Info: Bike was not too rusty but missing a spark plug. No title and not running with 35k miles. Missing the seat. Traded for paint job on CBX
 
 Friends:
1978 Kawasaki KZ 200

Photos: 1
Info: Bought this great small bike for my friend Nancy who lived in NYC.
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