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Old 01-11-2011, 12:11 PM   #1
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Question Thinking about selling my '73 Suzuki TS250

Before I put the for sale ad together I thought I'd check here first and see if you guys think I'm being reasonable. Here's the details:

Currently titled/registered/inspected in TX.
Ridden once a week to work and back.
Everything works. Runs great , starts easy.
I have the original sales documentation and the factory manual (as well as an old chilton).
About 400 miles since complete teardown and rebuild with OEM parts.
No leaks of any kind.
Normal patina for its age, very little pitting.
Gas tank is clean - has a few little chips and sratches in paint.

Anyway -
NADA says $2875 for excellent shape and $1875 for Very Good. It's somehwere in between.

I was thinking of listing it for $2500 and throwing in a Bassani expansion pipe.

Here's some pics. What do you guys think?

http://s817.photobucket.com/albums/zz98/johnwithag/

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Old 01-11-2011, 12:32 PM   #2
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I don't want to be a dick, but I think that NADA price is absolutely insane. I hope someone disagrees with me, for your sake.

They made tons of this model, over a huge span of years. Yours is not remarkable for the year or condition\miles.

In this economy, those prices might be accurate after a total (cosmetic) restoration, if you could find a collector that wanted the bike.

I didn't even zoom in on your pictures, but I can see obvious cosmetic defects that make your bike a rider, not a collector.

Just ride it!
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Old 01-11-2011, 12:47 PM   #3
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I don't want to be a dick, but I think that NADA price is absolutely insane. I hope someone disagrees with me, for your sake.

They made tons of this model, over a huge span of years. Yours is not remarkable for the year or condition\miles.

In this economy, those prices might be accurate after a total (cosmetic) restoration, if you could find a collector that wanted the bike.

I didn't even zoom in on your pictures, but I can see obvious cosmetic defects that make your bike a rider, not a collector.

Just ride it!
Thanks for the input - so what would be a decent price given the details I posted earlier?
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:14 PM   #4
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man does that bike bring back memories,a TS250 (1974)was the first BRAND NEW bike i ever bought,i was 16 years old.
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:19 PM   #5
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It's been a great bike. It gets a lot of looks, being a 2 smoke and all. The reason I'm thinking about selling it because I'd like something I can bash around on without feeling bad about dents etc. This bike just seems too nice to do that.
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:21 PM   #6
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Ive sold parts on ebay for a 74 TS,they did sell eventually but the early Yamaha enduros have been the bike of choice to restore for a while,there ARE guys that restore TS's,just not as many. a super,super shiny clean one would do well. Hard to say about yours, in todays depressed economy,maybe 1000.oo or a little more if a guy turns up that wants it.
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:30 PM   #7
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Ive sold parts on ebay for a 74 TS,they did sell eventually but the early Yamaha enduros have been the bike of choice to restore for a while,there ARE guys that restore TS's,just not as many. a super,super shiny clean one would do well. Hard to say about yours, in todays depressed economy,maybe 1000.oo or a little more if a guy turns up that wants it.
I appreciate your thoughts! I wonder if it would do better in the springtime?
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:34 PM   #8
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I appreciate your thoughts! I wonder if it would do better in the springtime?
Everything sells better in the spring time except snow shovels and salt.
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:52 PM   #9
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Thanks, that was my thinking too, I just didn't want to nail down a price and offend you.

You might be able to get $1,500 in the spring with the pipe if you have some luck. It will depend on the local market as well of course.
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It's a nice bike, but I agree that NADA listing is nuts. Maybe $1500 to someone who wanted it real bad
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Old 01-11-2011, 05:10 PM   #11
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If it were mine & I had either a child or grandone who had an interested in DS riding this would be a ticket to fun. Just saying, it's neat to see someone we love on something we just rebuilt or trained to be better (horses), the list goes on but that is a neat scoot for a beginner.
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:39 PM   #12
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I think you'd be surprised at how much that brings on ebay or something...I think $1500 would be a walk in the park. It sure looks to be in excellent shape to me. I don't see any obvious cosmetic defects.
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:46 PM   #13
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i sold a ts185 last month in similar condition (actually yours is nicer) - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=643728

. $700 is what i got.... you may get lucky and get $1000 over the winter or maybe even $1200-$1500 in late april or so..... they are nice riders, just don't have the collectibility the yamaha enduros have.
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:49 PM   #14
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Good luck for anything over $750, it's a bottom feeder environment. I used to think half of new was a decent price for a used anything that was functionally new. Not anymore. Now it's scrap value, like in how much the iron and aluminum are worth per pound. It's a new world, one I don't like....
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:12 PM   #15
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I am guessing 1200 TOPS even maybe less in this eco, way less. I see them in that condition sell for 1K after sitting on CL for MONTHS.
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