i don't think any of my bikes cost me over $500 to build.
everything on my bikes is top quality, from the seats to the brake cables. i don't skimp on anything, and you're not gonna find any cheap garbage on any of my bikes.
i find it amazing how much people spend to build a cookie-cutter walmart bike, when mine usually cost much less, and sell for 5 times more.
it's all about fabricating parts yourself and knowing where to score the deals.
my current build is using all parts i had laying around, most of it is almost new, or vintage parts i found over the years (like a superpratic b throttle that runs about $100 on ebay, i scored 6 of them for 70 bucks
) so all the money's been spent a while ago, so it doesn't seem like i'm paying anything for it.
i figure i'll put $100 more into it for cables, a petcock, and a plug wire...