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Old 06-08-2013, 06:52 AM   #91
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How about the standard incorrect spelling?

Helmut = Helmet
Breaks = Brakes
Custome = Custom

And, there are always the knucklewalkers who advertise the bike as being something it's obviously not from looking at the pictures, I've seen Suzuki's being sold as Yamaha's, Honda's being sold as Kawasaki's, you name it.
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:18 AM   #92
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Yeah, that's it, if you can't sell it for months on end, it must be priced too low!
Oddly enough that can be true. I have limited space and a number of bikes and when it comes time to move on - generally around the 30,000km mark - I sell the old ones a grand or so below the norm for a 'basic' model of that bike, simply to move them on quick and free up the garage space. All my bikes get fitted with full hard luggage, heated grips, touring screens, 12v sockets, centre stands and so on as well and are sold fully equipped and generally with long registration. I always get the "what's wrong with it?" and similar questions. When I sold the 1250 Bandit it was by far the cheapest in the country (on our biggest bike sales site) fully specced as above and in mint condition but it sat here for 2 months before a dealer bought it at my advertised price. He then put $3000 more on it and sold it the same week.

(And yes, very full description and many high-quality pics in the ads. Even checked the spelling...)

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Old 06-08-2013, 08:45 AM   #93
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Custome = Custom

This brings up my other favorite - the overuse and misuse of the word custom. "It's got custom mirrors, custom turn signals, custom handlebars, custom _____." Alright, so somebody made those mirrors just for that bike? There's only ONE set of those mirrors in the world? No? They're cranked out by the thousands and you just ordered them off the internet? Then they aren't custom. They're AFTERMARKET. Just because some of the parts on the bike didn't come from the factory doesn't mean those are "custom" parts.
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Old 06-08-2013, 10:49 AM   #94
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Helmut = Helmet
..and "helment"
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Old 06-08-2013, 03:02 PM   #95
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Dont you just love the Cl ads where people say they don't need to sell the bike and they are not really interested in selling it but they want to put "feelers" out to see what some desperate sap would overpay.
I see that a lot here on ADVrider too.
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:39 AM   #96
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Old 06-09-2013, 03:48 PM   #97
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Opposite story... A guy has been listing a 1975 Yamaha DT175 on the Las Vegas CL for something like 8-9 months now. Initial month or two it stated he did not have the title. It didn't sell, months went by, and the "no title" statement disappeared (I'd bet money he still does not have it), but everything else stayed the same, same price, etc. It still didn't sell. So, it just appeared again... and everything is the same - but - the price went up!

Yeah, that's it, if you can't sell it for months on end, it must be priced too low! What a genius!
Well sometimes you just don't know. I remember back in the late 70s my dad was swelling an old 60s Buick. He put an ad in the paper for $100. Everyone that called asked what was wrong with it ( nothing, it ran fine). Nobody came to look at it. So he took out another add asking $500 and sold it to the first person that called.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:16 AM   #98
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This guy hits the CL trifecta: incorrect information, unintelligible copy and no price. At least there's a reasonable photo. I'm interested but figure it might not be worth the hassle of dealing with him.


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Old 06-10-2013, 08:58 AM   #99
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Yeah, that's it, if you can't sell it for months on end, it must be priced too low! What a genius!
I know a guy that was selling a horse, had it advertised for $1,000. Nice horse and all, had good bloodlines, didn't sell. Waited about 4 or 5 months then advertised it again for $15,000. Sold it in a few weeks.
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:47 PM   #100
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This one is great:


For starters, he is asking $4000 for an xs750. Even if it was mint and still in the original shipping crate it would not be worth that. But it isnt. Its beat up and broke...

Its been 'bobbed' AND turned into a 'cafe racer'... so thats why its worth so much. That 'brat style' seat looks like a crappy home made job... and he just took off / cut down the fenders. I bet the custom side mount tag and tail light are sweet... but we can't see them in the photo...

He 'disabled the electric start' (i bet this just involved cutting some wires, NOT an actual e-start delete)... and tries to make it sound like a good thing because it keeps the battery from draining. Guess what kid, your electric starter system is broke... they do not normally drain batteries. But, kick starting is so cool why would you use the button anyway!? HaHa. Having e-start is nice, no matter how much you love kickers. And broke is still broke. Fix it.

And most importantly... you will get complements from Harley riders on this bike. That alone makes it worth $4000.

Honestly, this is a $500 bike.
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Old 06-10-2013, 02:10 PM   #101
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why would you do that to a modern shaft drive motorcycle
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:05 PM   #102
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Here's a fun one. My favorite part is how he included a picture showing that he bought the bike for $1600 and is now trying to resell it for $2000 without having done anything to improve it.

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Old 06-10-2013, 03:32 PM   #103
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I can believe a too low price on something that's worth more might backfire on you. But in the case I posted about, he was asking way too much to begin with, and with no title especially. He is probably reposting the ad again as I type this, with a new, even more ridiculously higher price.

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Oddly enough that can be true. I have limited space and a number of bikes and when it comes time to move on - generally around the 30,000km mark - I sell the old ones a grand or so below the norm for a 'basic' model of that bike, simply to move them on quick and free up the garage space. All my bikes get fitted with full hard luggage, heated grips, touring screens, 12v sockets, centre stands and so on as well and are sold fully equipped and generally with long registration. I always get the "what's wrong with it?" and similar questions. When I sold the 1250 Bandit it was by far the cheapest in the country (on our biggest bike sales site) fully specced as above and in mint condition but it sat here for 2 months before a dealer bought it at my advertised price. He then put $3000 more on it and sold it the same week.

(And yes, very full description and many high-quality pics in the ads. Even checked the spelling...)
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Well sometimes you just don't know. I remember back in the late 70s my dad was swelling an old 60s Buick. He put an ad in the paper for $100. Everyone that called asked what was wrong with it ( nothing, it ran fine). Nobody came to look at it. So he took out another add asking $500 and sold it to the first person that called.
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:36 PM   #104
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why would you do that to a modern shaft drive motorcycle
Because you are an up and coming, soon to be famous, custom bike builder?

Just look at that thing, it's a work of art!
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:38 PM   #105
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This one is great:


For starters, he is asking $4000 for an xs750. Even if it was mint and still in the original shipping crate it would not be worth that. But it isnt. Its beat up and broke...

Its been 'bobbed' AND turned into a 'cafe racer'... so thats why its worth so much. That 'brat style' seat looks like a crappy home made job... and he just took off / cut down the fenders. I bet the custom side mount tag and tail light are sweet... but we can't see them in the photo...

He 'disabled the electric start' (i bet this just involved cutting some wires, NOT an actual e-start delete)... and tries to make it sound like a good thing because it keeps the battery from draining. Guess what kid, your electric starter system is broke... they do not normally drain batteries. But, kick starting is so cool why would you use the button anyway!? HaHa. Having e-start is nice, no matter how much you love kickers. And broke is still broke. Fix it.

And most importantly... you will get complements from Harley riders on this bike. That alone makes it worth $4000.

Honestly, this is a $500 bike.

You missed the part about being a professional photographer, unless maybe the broken down lawn tractor in the background added some perspective?
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