I want to trade my Harley in, prepare me...

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by nskitts, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. GoonerYoda

    GoonerYoda Hot Dickens Cider

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    The problem with Harley's is....they are sooooooo many of them out there. It sort of dilutes their value. But some owners think their shit don't stick so they try and sell it for more than the market can bare. Over "thousands invested". :rofl
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  2. davyjones

    davyjones Been here awhile

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    I had a 2010 Fat Bob (<6k miles) and a '07 Road King(<15k miles) and lost about 5k on each one when I sold them. Dealers around my area didn't even want to talk about the RK. Everyone really liked my Fat Bob but nobody wanted to give me what I was asking. Both sat on CL for a year. I think it really depends on where you are and time of year.
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  3. Mattbastard

    Mattbastard Lazy ass

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    Out of sheer curiosity, what were you asking for each one?
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  4. ArmSC

    ArmSC Been here awhile

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    The problem is most HD owners think that their bike is a rolling piece of art that appreciates as time goes on. I took a hit on mine but I sold it in 20 mins. There are so many around you either have to be willing to wait or accept that it is what it is. Of course dealers will hose you over every time but there is no showing it off, haggleing on price, or wasted time. You pay for the convenience. I was cool with that.

    8g is what I would say to expect if in great condition.
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  5. davyjones

    davyjones Been here awhile

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    Fat Bob - 12k and the Road King - 11K. I really liked the FB. In the end, I just decided HDs were not for me.
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  6. nskitts

    nskitts Long timer

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    You might be right on the 8 grand. If you are right I would rather just keep it and put 100,000 miles on it and throw it away several years from now. Some people don't mind taking large losses to play with the new bikes and both kinds of people are ok. I am glad most are not like me or there would be a lot less dealerships, malls, etc because I usually will get my money's worth out of what I buy. When I have the urge to buy something I wait a few days and see if I really want it, which hurts me in the Flea Market here sometimes.
    I am starting to look at the aftermarket 6 gallon tanks and even saw a 7 gallon!
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  7. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    Yer always going to take a beating on a trade in unless they are very motivated to get something off the floor...
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  8. Chuck Pryce

    Chuck Pryce Been here awhile

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    The fact that it is a Road Glide may help,there are not as many of them for sale.
    No Road Glide at all for 2014.
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  9. Smopho

    Smopho Been here awhile

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    True, there's a pretty good demand for FLTRi's. Traded my '03 RG for a 13 RG Ultra at list and got $12,500 trade value on the RG.
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  10. hapbob

    hapbob Been here awhile

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    Go trade your bike and get what you want...who cares what it costs you...motorcycles aren't an investment they are a hobby that cost money!
    Life's short go get that 2014
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  11. cycleman2

    cycleman2 Been here awhile

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    I recently sold my 2008 Heritage Anniversary Classic for $12000 which is book value up here. Back in 08 that bike was selling for in excess of $ 25000., then everything went bang with the economy.

    Bikes no matter what brand etc are a tough sell on the used market. I always find out what the book value is and then price it accordingly.

    A used bike is only worth what somebody will give you and in most cases I've had to low ball it to get rid of the bike.

    I'm not a golfer and bikes are really a hobby for me ( I ride about 12000 miles/yr. ) and so I depreciate whatever bike I'm riding by $2000/yr, so that when it comes time to sell I'm really not looking for much for the bike.

    Its been my experience that bikes, no matter the brand don't hold their value any better than cars or trucks. There may have been a time when this was true, but the current market is so flooded with motorcycles that unless it is a limited production or rare bike, don't expect to make money.
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  12. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    It will likely be in the $10K range. I have not even seen a 2014 Road King here yet.

    If you want to go all out I have an FLHRSE5 Anniversary Edition The first and last Road King with the Audio System. :wink: (They stripped it from the 2014 FLHRSE)
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  13. Rick G

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    Back when the economy was better and demand exceeded suppy it was not myth but fact. 2-3 year old HD's often sold for as much or more than new. Now that the economy has softened and the suppy chain has caught up or in some cases exceed demand, it is no longer true and deals can be had on HD.

    Simple economics 101.

    Rick G
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