ADV Buying/Selling/Trading Experiences?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by HooliKen, May 9, 2013.

  1. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    This was brought up in another buying/selling thread and figured it was worth its own.

    To me there are a couple of transactions that will forever tie me to this place. I picked up my Super Enduro from Steverino in 2008 and that bike has taken me on some of my greatest rides to date. He had it posted here, everyone knew he rode the wheels off the bike, but also took care of it. I showed up, took a short spin, gave him a check, loaded her up, and off I went. Best bike I have ever owned hands down. :ricky

    I have bought, sold, and traded with other inmates since I joined the sight and have yet had a bad experience. Most recently being a straight up trade with another inmate (What up Armstrong473), my super clean ZRX1200R for his 2006 XB12X. Being a former Buell owner I knew exactly what I was getting. It was a chilly day last Oct, we met, BSed, had a coffee, looked over each bike briefly, signed titles and away we both went. Easy as that. Outside of the normal Buell XB wierdness the bike is great.

    Have bought and sold a lot of parts and gear and have never had any issues.

    So, what is your most memorable transaction, good or bad, on ADV?
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  2. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fartografist

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    Great thread topic. :evil

    I must say, in general, I have made some great friends and rider acquaintances near and far as a result of the ADV forum in general. Just decent, down to earth guys n gals.

    Many of the vendors simply put are top notch. Something one can easily appreciate it is those money on the barrel head for a great product at a great price type deals. Sure, there are some squids, but not many.

    Last riding season, I scored a wonderful lightly used Aerostich Darien with an electric liner for cheap. The funny bit is that right after me, on a global forum here, the guy that wanted to be "next in line" if I backed out was one of the guys I have ridden with locally here in my metro area several times. It was fun to rib him a little after the transaction, cause I had beaten him to the goodies.....

    Going through a rough three year on-going stretch of shit in my life right now, ADV, riding and the chums I have made have been priceless. To be hundreds of miles from home, stop for a bite somewhere, and another rider comes up and says hello and gives you the finger, and then explains he is following "Canonshot" tracks, you immediately know what he's talking about and a couple minutes later you are lending him some Loctite and singing koombaya.

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  3. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

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    I bought my DR from a former inmate. He was hanging it up, for at least until his kids were grown. I got a better deal than what a dealer would charge. One dealer in Chicago wanted $3500 for a '98 DR650 with over 10K miles on it. I got a farkled DR with less miles and for less $$. The inmate sold for the neighborhood of what he was wanting to get. The bike had a few miles, and a few farkles on it that I would have done differently, but it has been the most fun of any bike I've ever ridden. It's also ridiculously simple, so any issues due to age/miles/use are pretty easy to fix.

    I've also bought parts. Inmates have some great parts at great prices. I've never had a bad deal from anybody here.
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  4. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Not a single bad deal ever from an inmate. I have taken hundreds of checks for DVDs, sold 5 bikes, bought 4 and tons of farkles. ADV Riders, and motorcyclists in general, are by and large honest people.

    Jim :brow
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  5. triplenickel

    triplenickel Long timer

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    Never a bad experience buying or selling.
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  6. preppypyro

    preppypyro Been here awhile

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    I have bought maybe 10ish things off of here, and have great experiences every single time. This place simply has exceeded my expectations when it has come to help, knowledge, buying cool shit, and there is endless interesting things to read in Jo Momma.
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  7. der_saeufer

    der_saeufer ?איפה בירה

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    One time I sold some gloves in the Flea Market.

    Can you believe the guy who bought them showed up EIGHT MINUTES late to my house?! The nerve of that guy!
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  8. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    Was he riding a KLR? Might of not wanted to push her pass 55 out of fear of that extra two pence he would have to spend on gas......:D
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  9. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    I have sold helmets, jackets, parts, farkel's, bits, and even a motorcycle on ADV. I have bought many parts from inmates and many from the Vendors thread. I have never had a bad experience and everyone has delivered as promised.

    Several years ago the Wife questioned my sending money to people I met on the site without goods in hand but have since learned, as I have, the inmates on this site are genuine quality folks with two wheels as a common passion!

    I find the world wide inmate population fantastic and enjoy the communication from people from all over the world. I have found and learned about things I never would have imagined from every part of the globe. Indeed the world is a smaller place due to the Internet but much more enjoyable thanks to ADV.
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  10. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fartografist

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    I might have to borrow (ok steal :evil) that term for awhile... ok?

    "world wide inmate"

    I like it.
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  11. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    +1 :clap
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  12. el queso

    el queso toda su base

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    I've bought an sold a number of things and for the most part, all the deals have been fine. I was irritated when I bought a "like new" luggage rack that had a few holes drilled it in it, but that's life in the interwebz.
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  13. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    WHAT UP KEN ????? How far you livin' from me now?

    I have had almost universally good experiences buying and selling on ADVRider. One time, and it pains me, I sold a bike to an inmate that I purchased my first GS from. So we had history, knew one another... deal went south.

    Without getting into a lot of details, the bike was fine last time I started and rode it, which I had been doing regularly up to sale. Unfortunately, 6 hrs in sub freezing travel to deliver the bike, it didn't start. Since the buyer knew me, he took me at my word that all was well, and it was the cold.

    Several months later, after he left the country, and the bike was in the posession of a shop for weeks or months, I got "the" call. Bike needed this, that etc. Needed the motor to come apart... Given that I knew the guy, I spoke with him several times, spoke with the shop, and everthing just did not add up.

    2 facts are...

    1. I KNOW the bike was fine when I loaded it up for sale.

    2. I have NO FREAKING IDEA who did what with it after it was out of my posession and the buyer's possession for weeks or months.

    So, he wanted cash, I said no. End or story, sour grapes, and that's that. Hard decision, but it is what it is.

    Suck story all around. I have no doubt in his mind, he blames me. I stuck by the facts and what I know.

    That said... Before this sale took place I had almost a similar situation with a very good riding buddy on this site (iDave). We traded bikes, and cash, and my bike was found by Dave to have problems. We undid the deal immediately with no issues. But Dave called me like 3 days after we swapped, not three months.

    So, I am content that I will do the right thing when appropriate, but still bothers me that a guy I have history with was totally unhappy with how the other sale went.

    What can you do?

    Barry
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  14. ChuckS

    ChuckS Adventurer Wannabe

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    First thing I bought here was a WeeStrom. I drove to VA to pick it up. The seller took about 2 hours showing me every flaw, scratch, and nit pick. To my eyes it was pristine- 5000 miles on the clock, with a few scuff marks from boots.

    Cash traded, bike in truck, into MAJOR STORM. Blowing trucks off the hwy in the Shenandoah Valley, full blizzard across Ohio, and I had to take the next day off of work to clean the salt crust off the bike.

    A pretty good start.
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  15. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    What's up Barry. We will be relocating to the Smithfield area (down near Suffolk) at the beginning of June. We will definitely have to get together.

    Sucks when things go wrong in a deal like that.

    Any bike that I have picked up used, especially from here, I fully expect that I will have to do some form or fashion of maintenance or repair. Reason I think this is because I believe that most on this site are riders, we ride our bikes.....A lot. Anybody who expects a used bike to be pristine, that has actually been ridden, are kidding themselves. I am sure that if I tore down my Buell motor today I would find somethings that may need to be replaced, at some point.

    Pretty shitty that a shop calls you and tells you this. I guaran-f'n-tee that if I took either of my bikes to a shop they would hand me a laundry list of things that they "think" should be replaced.
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  16. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    No no... wasn't the shop. Was the inmate that purchased the bike. He told me the bike never ran. However the shop he left it at for weeks or months told me "we been riding that thing a lot, it's REAL fast". As soon as I heard that, I was DONE.

    The seller put me in touch with the shop and my effort to ensure I did the right thing shed a lot more light. Sucks the way it unfolded, I'm sure the buyer blames me, I was going on facts... He was not.

    Barry
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  17. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    :huh Damn! So he said it wouldn't run, but he shop had been riding it? WTF Dude? :lol3
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  18. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    Oh, I believe this guy was 100% not making shit up. There was just massive miscommunication, and what HE told me the shop told him, is not what the shop told me the shop told him. I don't think this guy was making one bit of it up. I believe he believes I sold him a bike with problems. I know for a fact based on 1) me riding it up until sale with no issues and 2) shop monkeys riding it, that his belief was incorrect. But I wasn't giving him money to buy into his good grace. At time of sale, bike was fine. At some point after that, it needed to come apart for major motor work. That was not my problem, or my fault, regardless of what this other inmate may believe.

    Just a bad situation all around. Sucks. I figured he'd call me out publicly on ADVRrider, but he never did.

    Barry
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  19. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    If you wouldn't of been squiden it up maybe you wouldn't of broke his bike....:lol3 I keed I keed!

    Sucks that it went down like that, but at least you didn't have to deal with being called a douchenozzle in JM. We all know how damaging to your fragile ego that would of been. :augie
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  20. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    Hahahah... yup. I was braced for the flaming.
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