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Old 05-26-2015, 02:19 PM   #1
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Question Buy and Repair a salvage Sportster, a good idea?

Hi folks,

Lately I have this idea of buying a salvage sportster and repair it my self, just for the learning experience….

I’m not a experienced wrencher, no even close.. just and enthusiastic amateur with the disposition to learn…

My plan is to repair it with good used parts sourced from ebay and flea markets, etc. enjoy it for a while and then sell it… without loss. I don’t expect to make revenue, just want to break even . Do you thing is possible?

Why a sportster, you might ask? Well, I’ve never owned a Harley and would like to have a try. Besides that, I like the Sportster platform because it seems like simple and solid platform and should be easy to find used parts, right?

Has anyone here done that? Any advice?

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Old 05-26-2015, 03:48 PM   #2
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Consider the price.

Consider the price. You have to buy one super cheap to be able to break even later on. Most Sportsters can be bought for $2k on up. I've owned 2 in my past. The market is full of them. Probably not the best use of your money if you're wanting to see a full return.
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Old 05-26-2015, 05:45 PM   #3
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If it has a salvage title you will be lucky to break even
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Old 05-26-2015, 08:55 PM   #4
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Thank you folks

Thank you folks, I was afraid that could be the answer.

I guess it would be wise to purchase and older one (2003~2004) with a clean title a see how it goes from there...

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Old Yesterday, 09:13 AM   #5
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Salvage titles can make a bike near impossible to register depending on location. I also can not imagine that a person new to wrenching would be able to accurately access frame damage properly. It is basic, but if the frame is tweaked you have a world of issues.
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Old Yesterday, 09:38 AM   #6
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Break even is a noble goal but don't count on it especially with a salvage title.
Sportsters are great bikes but not as an investment. Any money you put into it plan on riding it out in enjoyment ro get your money worth. Old adage still true today: "Sportsters are easy to buy, but hard to sell"
Buy it, fix it, enjoy it.
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Old Yesterday, 10:29 AM   #7
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Don't count on full coverage insurance. Ins company will take your money. They will not payoff. Great idea for riding a few years. Bad idea if you put a bunch of money into the project and need to get it back.
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