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Old 03-13-2015, 07:24 AM   #1
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People trying to sell a bike for what they bought it for

AFTER they've put miles on it. Drives me crazy, am I the only one?
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Old 03-13-2015, 07:42 AM   #2
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You mean a bike bought new and being sold used?

Yeah, crazy.

Used bike that might be in better condition than it started in? Possibly.
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Old 03-13-2015, 07:46 AM   #3
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It is all a matter of market-value, not of what you have bought it for. I once sold a bike second hand for much more as the price I bought it for myself. Reason: the gubmint suddenly increased the taxrate on new motorbikes from 0 to 19 percent...
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Old 03-13-2015, 07:49 AM   #4
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Doesn't drive me crazy. Too much real stuff to get amped about. Plus, I have the day off and it's supposed to hit 60 this afternoon. I'm going to be riding. Life is good. Matter of fact, I feel real good! Point me in his direction Coloradorider, I'll go piss on his tires!
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Old 03-13-2015, 07:55 AM   #5
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Just because I got a great price on something, I can't sell it at fair market value when I'm done with it?
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Old 03-13-2015, 07:58 AM   #6
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You can sell it for whatever someone will pay for it. Car and bike dealers make money all the time.
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:00 AM   #7
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Car and bike dealers make money all the time.
So do I.

But I only buy them if they are cheap enough to make a little on each one.
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:03 AM   #8
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I just saw a Chasing Classic Cars episode where a guy paid $1,000,000 for a Ferrari he bought originally for $22.000.
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:23 AM   #9
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Ferraris generally appreciate. Most other motor vehicles, not so much.

But then again, markets for certain cars/bikes fluctuate all the time depending on what's the current hot item. Right now air-cooled Porsche 911 prices are through the roof. And have you seen VW Bus prices lately? Makes me wish I kept the ones I used to have.

But yeah a run-of-the-mill still-in-production bike that's been used? That's not a Ferrari.

I could probably pretty easily sell my W650 now for at least what I paid for it 5 years ago. Those values have been holding pretty steady the last few years.
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:26 AM   #10
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I usually just shake my head if it's a model I'm shopping for and go to the next ad.

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I just saw a Chasing Classic Cars episode where a guy paid $1,000,000 for a Ferrari he bought originally for $22.000.
Yep, I bought a 1970 Chevelle SS used for $1400.00 back in the day when they were a dime a dozen. Straight, no body damage, all matching numbers. Sold it many miles later for about what I paid for it and figured I did all right by myself. I recently got bit by the nostalgia bug and went browsing for one for sale... I sure wish I had my old one sitting in my garage now! Doesn't look like I'll be buying one. :(
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Yep, I bought a 1970 Chevelle SS used for $1400.00 back in the day when they were a dime a dozen. Straight, no body damage, all matching numbers. Sold it many miles later for about what I paid for it and figured I did all right by myself. I recently got bit by the nostalgia bug and went browsing for one for sale... I sure wish I had my old one sitting in my garage now! Doesn't look like I'll be buying one. :(
Buddy of mine bought a '68 Hemi Charger back in 1972 for about $2000. He sold it a couple of years ago and used the cash to buy a Viper GTS.
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Old 03-13-2015, 09:22 AM   #12
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Just because I got a great price on something, I can't sell it at fair market value when I'm done with it?
I think they mean someone that buys a brand new bike for $11k and tries to sell it three months later for $10.8k

the idea of that is mental to me as well - why would I give you 99% value of something I could get brand new for almost exactly the same price or maybe even less

I got a four year old FJR last year for half what the guy paid. That's a bummer for him but it's a nice bike...and im glad to not have spent $15k on it
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Old 03-13-2015, 09:29 AM   #13
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Yup, saw a guy selling a very mildly farkled 2008 KLR650 for $6k the other day - 15k miles! I was actually curious if he had made some ah-mazing mods or something so I emailed him and pointed out that the local dealereship was advertising brand new ones for $6300 and asked what he had done the bike... not much. He sold it for $4750 apparently - this is with a basically identical bike three posts below his for $3500! That I found surprising.
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Yup, saw a guy selling a very mildly farkled 2008 KLR650 for $6k the other day - 15k miles! I was actually curious if he had made some ah-mazing mods or something so I emailed him and pointed out that the local dealereship was advertising brand new ones for $6300 and asked what he had done the bike... not much. He sold it for $4750 apparently - this is with a basically identical bike three posts below his for $3500! That I found surprising.
I cannot believe that people buy those things for what they do and SELL them for what they do! That's a lot of money for a worse power to weight ratio than my 1975 CB400F
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Old 03-13-2015, 09:55 AM   #15
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I have the opposite issue. I loose my ass everytime I sell vehicles...
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