Is $5k too much money for my first airhead?

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by heffy, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. heffy

    heffy Adventurer

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    There's a guy local to me selling a very sweet 1972 R75/5 toaster tank SWB airhead. 29k miles, everything looks to be in good shape aside from the "dings here and there".

    He's asking $5k for it. Do you think it's too much money?
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  2. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    That certainly sounds like the high end of the range - meaning it better be in awfully nice condition. Like maybe concourse.

    To answer your question you'll need to supply us with more data to think with, such as - photos, work history, test ride report, that sort of thing.
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  3. wirewrkr

    wirewrkr the thread-killer

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    sounds like a lot for a /5 in these times.
    They always need about $2000,00 worth of real work to be right.
    If you're hell bent on it, spend the money at a reputable shop and have it picked over. It will be worth the investment.
    At my shop we call that a "pre-purchase inspection",
    or just good common sense.
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  4. Steve516

    Steve516 Guzzis R Us

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    Yes, $5K is too much money for your first Airhead. By about $2K.
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  5. heffy

    heffy Adventurer

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    in his craigslist post, he says it's been well maintained and was his daily rider

    I wish it weren't so expensive... if it were $3k, I would've purchased it already, but I'm willing to guess that someone else would have first. It's the exact bike I've been looking for
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  6. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    If it's not very far away, go take a look - and some pix to post for us. And make him an offer - at that price it will be around a while and might just take you up on it.
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  7. Detroit Steve

    Detroit Steve Homely Adventurer

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    $5K for a /5?

    Only if it is TOO PRETTY to modify!

    If your desires are to ride it daily, put on 900cc barrels, dual disc front end, paint it a different color, upgrade the electrics, Mikunis, RT fairing...

    there are better (cost effective)alternatives out there.


    /5's for me are nice and if I had the desire to own one I would keep it as a "sunny day" bike.
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  8. kadesean

    kadesean eyesuck

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    No offense Steve, but is this guy supposed to take advise from someone who would put an RT fairing on a /5?!?




    OK, I can see how you might take offense, but still...
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  9. Cogswell

    Cogswell Spudly Adventurer

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    I'll agree with the masses, way too much money for the bike as it's described. Look around for a bit and you'll get a better idea of what they're worth condition wise.

    Mike
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  10. opposedcyljunkie

    opposedcyljunkie Heavyweight Boxer

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    One can get a nice PD for that kind of money.
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  11. CurlyMike

    CurlyMike Formerly SaddleSoar

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    way too much for your first bike. Edit your profile to say where you are at and someone might be able to assist you face to face from this forum. Just to give you an idea, I have a 75/6 for sale for $2250, need paint bad and a 83 fully restored and EVERYTHING new for $3500. Not trying to sell them to you, just giving you some reference...
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  12. Yarddog

    Yarddog Been here awhile

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    It's most definitely a buyer's market right now...the soft economy, being the winter months, just after Christmas, bills are due...and after all, it is a 38 year old machine!
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  13. caponerd

    caponerd Kickstart Enthusiast

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    What they all said.

    I bought my 1982 RT (rough, but presentable @60,000 miles) back in 2000 for $3000. It needed a new battery before I could ride it, then the diode board failed the day after I bought it.
    Later, I took it to a very competent and thorough airhead wrench with instructions to check it out and take care of anything it needed.
    My $3000 was nickel-and-dimed up to $5200, for which, I could have gotten an immaculate example, with either very low miles or completely restored.

    Even if presented with a service history (as I was, and should have read more carefully to spot the sudden drop-off in records during the PO's stewardship!) any bike bought from an individual seller is an unknown that will probably require work before it's ready for daily service.
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  14. The Raven

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    YES!!! check out Internet bmw marketplace for an idea of what you can get
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  15. Garbln

    Garbln Been here awhile

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    A 72 with 29K, a daily rider? That's really low mileage for a daily rider. With only that many miles it's been sitting a lot.
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  16. timdog

    timdog a.k.a. Josh

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    Just one more opinion from somebody who has been watching prices:

    $5000 is too much. $2500 to $3000 is the current going rate.
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  17. CurlyMike

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    add to that they are OLD. Old parts fail, new parts fail. Like I tell everyone that buys one of my old bikes. A tranny that is 30-40 years old and running great one moment and fails the next isnt always a result of bad maintenance, neglect or deception. As vintage bike owners we are obligating ourselves to help stimulate the economy.
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  18. heffy

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    Yeah, I've been looking at vintage motorcycles for quite some time now. I knew $5k was too much for this bike, but I wanted to see if I'd regret not buying it now.

    A few days ago, I saw a leather briefcase on eBay that was exactly what I wanted, and about $100 less than what I thought I'd pay. I sat on it for a day, and when I went to go buy it, it had already been sold. I just don't want to "snooze and lose" again. Thanks guys! I'll keep my eyes open for another vintage bike.

    I used to ride an old Honda Hawk NT650 back in college. Awesome bike, but it only had enough gas for like 100 miles. I'm itching to get back on a bike as soon as possible

    edit: I'm in the Bay Area as well :D
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  19. BrianK

    BrianK F'in' half ass lookie boy

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    It doesn't have to be a binary decision - pay $5K or pass. Why not counteroffer? Guy may just be hoping someone price insensitive comes along, but open to a more realistic figure - particularly if it's been out there for a while.

    Good luck. Does sound like a nice bike. But no, not a $5K one, not in this market.
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  20. heffy

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    I've had my fair share of people expecting unrealistic prices to know that if he's asking $5k, he'll probably accept nothing less than $4.5k. I once met a guy trying to sell a 2003 Maxima with a sizable dent for $1000 over blue book, and wouldn't accept anything less. I've never met someone who was willing to negotiate much on a price, especially on Craigslist
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