Craigslists: "Dumbass of the week" Nominee

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by PBOB, May 22, 2013.

  1. PBOB

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    So while this is still fresh on my mind....
    I went and looked at a 1982 Kawasaki GPZ550, w/ unitrak suspension, dual front disk and rear single disk.
    The kid that was selling it was like IDK 22yo maybe. Anyway he had it listed for $1800. He had one semi-fuzy pic. It was 5 miles from my house so I went and looked at it today.
    Before I go any further, let me say that I do have some experience with 80's Japanese motorcycles- seeing as I have owned something like 20 of them...
    Back to the craigslist find- SO I go out and look at it and right away I'm thinking, "this is a $500 bike"
    It had a crappy rattle can spray paint on the engine and cases. The headers were unoriginal galvanized and slightly rusty. The muffler was shoehorned on with a stainless steel band and sounded aweful. The starter button was malfunctioning so that you had to mash it down to even get it to turn over. Once it did fire up the engine was making serious clunking and whinning noises. But the bike wouldn't stay idling so you had to constantly give it fuel. In addition, the seat was covered in black duct tape, the sided covers were cracked and distorted and barely hanging on. The battery was at least 5 years old with rusty terminals. The tank was dented and faded. The dash was scared up and faded and the front brake lever partially broken from a fall. The ad said the tires were new but they were obviously dry rotted and had many years on them and were not safe for highway speeds probably. Also this kid told me there was a slight engine gasket leak. So I looked at it and saw where it was leaking. He had wedged a blue machanics paper towel into the head to prevent excessive leakage (which didn't work- and would likely catch fire at some point). Eventually I got around to the air box area. It was seeping oil out all around the drive chain area. The general consensus being there wasn't one area of the lower part of the bike not covered in oil grim from who knows where. Next, (which I'm not sure why I even hung around any longer) I put a voltmeter to the battery and monitered output. It never broke 12.8v even when he rev'd it up.
    When I had totally given it the once over, him and I talked about the bike...
    "yea ah man, I have had it for like 3 weeks. I have't done anything to it. I drove it home and realized it was like too small for me so like that's why like honestly I'm getting rid of it. i haven't messed with it but all the stuff it needs is like easy stuff you can fix in like 20 minutes" (Liar :lol3)
    Oh ok.
    ME:"well, I hope you didn't pay to much for it. What do you want for it again?"
    "I have it listed for like $1800 but that's like just what I'm asking. But I know it's not worth that much. I didn't pay that much for it. I got it from a friend in Ohio, He is like somebody my family knows and I got it from him" (moron are you kidding me :lol3)
    ME:"Well, you want to know what I think?... I hope you didn't pay more than $250 for it because frankly that's all its worth"
    all of a sudden his attitude changes and he gets super defensive.
    "dude, man, I know what I'm doing. I got like my college degree in like business. I have sold like 13 cars and like 5 motorcycles. You don't know what your talking about. Thats a good motorcycle. It can go for 100 of thousands of miles. It only needs a few things. How much will you offer me. I seriousl didn't pay much for it."
    ME:" I will give you $250. It needs a lot of work. It's a project bike."
    And he continues until he gets pissed at me.
    I keep my cool the whole time and simply tell him good luck....

    Crap like this totally ticks me off. That bike tops $1500 in great condition. $700-1000 in useable condition. I could understand if the bike was in excellent condition and he was asking $1800. I get it when I see a minty well cared for old school bike listed for 2000-$2500 and the guy selling has a nice retro ride in great condition. Any retro ride in excellent condition with constant & correct maintenance up to date can pull down $2000. It's small beans for a bike that you can simply ride with not much additional thought. So it doesn't bother me when I see a nice retro ride 500-$1000 above realistic value. But morons like this are a dime a dozen. I feel like its my duty to tell these guys that they are out of their minds and they are trying to rip off potential buyers. On top of that, even if you kindly explain why their crap is not anywhere near the value they are asking- it's always inevitable that they are going to get defensive like a little child and explain they know what their doing... Frankly it's comical. They know what they have is a piece of crap, yet they insist its an "easy fix, like 15 minutes".
    So dumbass, why didn't fix it already?
    Ahhhhh!
    Please, feel free to share your craiglist "dumbass of the week"

    here's the add:
    http://charlestonwv.craigslist.org/mcy/3820227119.html
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  2. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    It's a free country ... he can ask what he wants. Maybe he can find another dumb-ass (like himself) that he can sell it to.

    Kudo's to you though ... giving him your honest opinion. I personally wouldn't have even stopped by. I would have just assumed (correctly) that he was either a dreamer, or clueless ... or both.
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  3. PBOB

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    Very true!
    But, for me I like to go out and see any kind of bike. Gives me good practice. For every 10 bikes I look at- I buy one. And, many times after looking at bikes like these and a month or 2 later I often get a call. I then can name my price and get the bike out of the garage.

    I know there has to be some similar craigslist stories that are better than this.... Do you speak you mind or just say no thanks and walk away?
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  4. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    The other side of the coin:

    I went to look at a near pristine 18k mile, 1979 850 Suzuki last Fall....$350.00.
    It didn't run and the guy simply wanted it to go away. Tires looked new, battery was near new, all it needed was some carb manifold clamps and ran great. I didn't even try to get him lower on the price. Bike was a good buy.
    You just never know.....
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  5. Watercat

    Watercat . . . gravity sucks

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    Caveat emptor - Buyer beware . . . . . . . :wink::wink::wink::wink::wink:

    Good luck with the buy !

    :deal
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  6. PBOB

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    This I know as well. I once had a lady sell me her ex-husband CX500 for $50. She was tired of looking at it. I put in a new battery, did general maintenance and one heck of a cleaning and it road like new...
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  7. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    I was looking for a Suzuki GS for my friend. I found a good deal on a GS550 about a mile from my shop. The ad said it was in pristine condition, ran well, and came with extra carbs and various parts.

    I get there and the bike is partially hidden. I convince him to clear some space and... it's completely wrecked. Like, forks bent back and broken, wheel broken off, headers shoved into engine. The swingarm and rear wheel were probably the only things not obviously bent/sheared/destroyed. He showed me the box of "extra" parts and it was just all the parts that had actually fallen off it since its accident.

    :huh

    I'll bet before the accident it was in pretty good shape, sadly. I didn't even offer anything. I just left. I posted a warning ad on craigslist so no one else would waste their time, but it got flagged.
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  8. ivantheterrible

    ivantheterrible Been here awhile

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    of course it's their property and they can ask whatever they want, but........

    to me sportster's are frustrating. (maybe because I'm interested in one)
    there seems to be no correlation between miles, age, or the shape it's in and price. $3500 and up regardless.

    even the hopeless cases are way over priced.

    there's one sportster that's been on the local CL for years that's got a bent frame and looks like it's been sitting for many years terrible pictures (that's a whole other thread) and the person hasn't budged on the price.$2800. Another one that's been on the CL for many months, if not a year or so, complete basket case, and the baskets have been stored outside uncovered, with no title, $1800. Not that I'm interested in these, but it amuses me.

    most of the ones that are curious to me aren't anything I'm interested in. It just makes me wonder what's going on with the person.

    A tricked out ruckus scooter gets reposted nearly everyday with the same $5500 asking price. does the seller really think someone is going to pay $5500 for a scooter?

    Suzuki gn400, looks to be in good shape, unusual bike, but $3800 seems unrealistic.

    Any number of rough bikes with no title for $1500.
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  9. jbcaddy

    jbcaddy Long timer

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    there is a guy local to me that is advertising a "complete" 1100 goldwing motor. it says 1000 on the valve covers, no manifold or carbs, no fuel pump, timing belts missing, ect. it runs great however :D
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  10. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo Armchair Adventurer

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    Nice job, you knew it was more valuable than $50 that was a rip off price, did you kindly explain why her crap was more valuable than, or is that not your duty.
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  11. Sidecar Jockey

    Sidecar Jockey Been here awhile

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    I really like restoring old (pre-1969) Harleys. Actually, I do vintage Harley restorations as a side job. I buy old 'project bikes' off of craigslist, restore them, ride them for a bit, then sell them.

    I probably look at between 1 and 3 bikes that I find on Craigslist every week. 90% of the time, the bike is not as advertised, in a bad way.

    I went to look at a 1967 XLCH (kick start only 900cc sportster). I was assured that it ran over the phone. When I got there, the motor was locked up. Couldnt make it budge with either the kicker or by pushing the bike in gear. The guy told me: 'starter just stuck when I went to fire it up for you, and a new battery should fix it and get it cranking'. One: this bike does NOT have an electric start. Two: this bike has NO battery. I let him know that he was full of shit and gave him a low, but fair offer. Then walked away. He calle me 2 weeks later and said I culd buy the bike for my original offer. I said "OK" and went to pick up the bike. He had since sold/removed the carb and magneto off of the bike, and claimed that he never had them!! When i pointed this out, and made him a lower offer he called me a liar. I then pulled out my phone and showed him photos of the bike, with carb and magneto installed, that I took when i first visited. He still denied that the bike used to have the parts. We did not make a deal.

    Pre- 1969 Harleys (and a lot ofother 1960's and older bikes) were titled by the motor only. There were no VIN numbers on the frames. I quite often find motor with the VIN's ground off, and a sketchy looking VIN engraved into the frame. "yeah, man just go to the DMV, you can get a title for like $50". Right...

    I'm so used to people on craigslist being full of shit that I expect it now. I wont drive more than 20 mins to see a bike unless there are good photos and I talked to the person on the phone first.

    When i show up to see a bike, and it looks just as good in real life as it did online, I'm SHOCKED. I'll gladly hand over the saking price for a nice bike, thats as advertised, with a nice owner. It's just a rare suprise.
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  12. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    Buying off of craigslist is as much about sizing up the seller as it is the merchandise itself. If the seller can take photos with something other than a cell phone, email them to you, and speak to you on the phone in complete sentences, these are all good indicators that the seller is not a complete waste of flesh. Sellers who text me with shit like "OK CU L8R" and insist on communicating through text messages and sending 8 shitty blurry photos taken from the exact same angle with a cellphone in their dark garage with no flash, shouldn't even be considered as they just aren't competent enough to own and maintain a motorcycle (or anything else with moving parts for that matter). They're lazy, incompetent, and spend the majority of their life wearing BBQ-sauce-stained sweatpants and probably had a similar disposition when it came to maintenance of their motorcycle.
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  13. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    I towed a trailer 3 hours to eastern TN a few months back after promising to buy a Honda Dream 90 from a guy the day before at his asking price. When I showed up, he wasn't home. Waste of day not to mention $60 in gas. It's those few treasures that keep us coming back to dealing with the bullshit.
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  14. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    Craigslist is what Psychiatrist's in training should use instead of text books. :lol3
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  15. ivantheterrible

    ivantheterrible Been here awhile

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    yes- I should have my head examined for all the time I waste looking at CL motorcycle listings!
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  16. Sidecar Jockey

    Sidecar Jockey Been here awhile

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    There are still good deals to be had... even when buying a motorcycle from a total waste-of-space moron.

    So, your house is falling down, you're hardly dresed, your bike is broke, your car is broke, and you just got fired. The bad news, your bike is a piece if crap. The good news, you're likely to take my low ball offer.

    If you can buy it cheap enough, and you like fixing bikes, then an old hunk of rusty junk bike isnt necessarily a bad thing.

    I bought a 1978 Harley shovelhead from a guy like I described above in this post. The bike was rusty, motor kicked over, but no spark. Wires hanging everywhere, dented tins, missing some parts, black spray paint all over... but i paid $500, and it had a good title. I spent about 3 months and $2000 fixing it, but in the end I had exactly the bike I wanted for WAY less than I could have bought it for in decent condition. Plus, since I went through the motor, tranny, and every nut and bolt on the whole bike, I know its solid (now that i fixed it) and I would ride it anywhere.


    I also had a similar situation with a 1978 xt500 that I paid $100 for. Yeah, I ended up re-building the motor, replacing the tank, fenders, and most other parts, but i got a good title, and had the bike on the road for less money than what nice ones are selling for in my area.

    To me, the more broke and busted the bike is the better, as long as the price is really low. It doesnt really matter what (if any) maintinance they did, if you are going to re-build the whole bike anyway.

    Its the people who try to sell rusty turds for the price of a nice running bike that I dont understand...
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  17. Meter Man

    Meter Man Living on a prayer

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    I see these kinds of things. I should note that someone has been trying to sell a 1986 Honda Rebel 450 for at least a year for prices ranging from $2,800-3,500. Faithfully reposted every couple of days. It looks like a beautiful bike, however it was a slow mover when new and I doubt it is on most peoples short list. A pristine mid 80s Japanese motorcycle shouldn't ever be above $2,500 and rarely above $2,000, a few collectors or very desirable models excepting.

    I couldn't get someone to look at my 2007 DR 650 over the course of 2 years. I only had two lookey loos and both were in the initial stages of research and didn't intend to buy at the time (both nice guys). I was below blue book and below what they are priced at on here (started at $3,300, last listed $2,700, finally traded it in for $2,700). I tried different pictures, different ad text. For some reason I couldn't get much interest.
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  18. ivantheterrible

    ivantheterrible Been here awhile

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    I've been laid up with a bulging disk / pinched nerve, so I've had a lot of time to look at the ole' CL. it's fun to 'give' myself a money amount and find the best deal out of all the bikes listed for that amount. it's interesting the disparity between the best bike for the price and the most unrealistic priced bike. sorry if that's a little off topic.

    dr650's are often the best priced bikes. Lot's of good deals for them. I wonder why that is.
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  19. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    Most people shopping that market segment are under the flawed impression that the KLR is better. They definitely sold and continue to sell better, but the DR is a much better bike.
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  20. ivantheterrible

    ivantheterrible Been here awhile

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    i very much agree about the dr being the better bike. I had written, but deleted it, that klr's used to be plentiful at good prices, but that has changed. I've often wondered what effect the popularity of this site has had on bike prices.
    sorry if I'm going to far afield, did i mention the strong pain killers I'm on!? ; )
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