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Old 01-19-2015, 03:45 PM   #1
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Will I get a lot less if I sell my bike in winter?

Is the used motorbike market very seasonal, do you think?

I'm probably moving house in August and won't be able to take the bike with me (for various reasons) ;(. I'm being run ragged at work and at home at the moment and can't ride a lot. If I'd get a lot less in winter than in summer, I probably ought to sell it now. But if the price is more or less the same whatever the time of year, I'll hang onto it and get a handful more weekends out of it.

The bike is a 2004 V-Strom 650 in good condition, so it's not anything super niche - I wouldn't have thought it would be hard to sell.

Thoughts?
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Old 01-19-2015, 03:48 PM   #2
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Yes the motorcycle market is seasonal.

Did you buy your strom in winter or summer?

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If you want the best price .. start selling it now. It can take a while to get the best price.
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Old 01-19-2015, 03:48 PM   #3
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The worst time to sell a bike is the Xmas / New year period. After Febuary sales at bike shop tend to pick up after the xmas hangover. The right bike at the right price will always sell though.....
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Old 01-19-2015, 04:40 PM   #4
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Did you buy your strom in winter or summer?
I bought it on Boxing Day a couple of years ago, which was either the best or worst time to be a buyer
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Old 01-19-2015, 04:42 PM   #5
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I always buy in the winter and sell in the summer. That is the beauty of having a spare dirt bike in the garage
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Old 01-19-2015, 05:22 PM   #6
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I think there are sectors of the bike market that are influenced by the season more than others. For example Sports bikes and spring/summer. Enduro bikes in the autumn winter for the offroad competition season.
For the majority of other bikes I'm not sure there's much of a difference any more. Providing it's priced appropriately for mileage and condition it should sell. I wouldn't drop the price purely based on the season I'd do it based on interest.
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Old 01-19-2015, 06:41 PM   #7
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Whats a Winter ?
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Old 01-19-2015, 08:21 PM   #8
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Whats a Winter ?
It's when the mammoth herds migrate North of the Tropic of Capricorn.
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Old 01-19-2015, 08:54 PM   #9
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Whats a Winter ?
That's when you get inundated with grey nomads and other tourist types.
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Old 01-19-2015, 10:16 PM   #10
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the way its been up here the past week i dream of winter, pray for some winter. But then the misses tells me about living in Vermont.
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Old 01-20-2015, 02:00 AM   #11
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I hear North dakota is the place hat defines cold, what I've read of the arctic explorers they relate that nowhere in North America or into the arctic matches the place for being beyond cold. Daresay Montana has its moments too...
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Old 01-20-2015, 04:35 AM   #12
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I hear North dakota is the place hat defines cold, what I've read of the arctic explorers they relate that nowhere in North America or into the arctic matches the place for being beyond cold. Daresay Montana has its moments too...
You've been watching Fargo again haven't you?

That whole area around Minnesota is pretty damn cold but it gets even colder the farther North you head.

Hmm, brings back memories of those winters when I lived in Canada.

Remember the first winter I lived there, I left the car parked outside in freezing rain one day and went out to find the whole vehicle covered in a 75mm thick block of ice - took me over a week before I could open the door, never did that again.
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Old 01-20-2015, 04:47 AM   #13
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Your bike will be worthless come winter.
So no point advertising it.
Just send me a PM and I'll make you an offer.
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How to make money buying and selling motorcycles:
Buy on Thanksgiving, Sell on Mothers Day.
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Old 01-20-2015, 04:48 AM   #15
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The worst time to sell a bike is the Xmas / New year period. After Febuary sales at bike shop tend to pick up after the xmas hangover. The right bike at the right price will always sell though.....
I agree with this.
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