Portland Salvage Auctions

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  1. crazybrit

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    Are there any salvage auctions in the Portland area. Has anyone personally attended one? I've read that it likely requires a licence.

    I'm looking for a low-miles (< 15,000) replacement motor for my KTM 950 Adventure. A 990 motor will also work. Later than 09 is tougher but I'll give it a try.

    Short of having a secret-santa who can find me one on eBay for $900 :D I figured a good option might be to purchase a salvage bike, part it out and keep the motor .... now to find said salvage bike.

    I posted a "Wanted" ad on CL and had someone contact me saying they'd just parted out a 4500 mile 990. I assumed it was a salvage bike but it turned out he bought fully working bikes from CL and parted them out. Apart from being a horrid thing to do to a working 990, I was amazed he could buy one cheap enough to make this financially viable. Sounded like he totally tore down the motor, so maybe.

    Any tips or suggestions?
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  2. Squishy

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    Call an insurance agent/adjuster & see if they know where the auctions are. I would think they are part of the auto/car auctions & you'd have to be real lucky to find your motor locally. Have you tried the places down in Fairview opposite Wallyworld, i've been to a few along there & seen the odd bike. Check with them.
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  3. crazybrit

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    Yes, it's a stretch. My preferred option is to find someone (via word of mouth) who's bike has been totaled and is willing to pass along the bike for their insurance buyback price plus some extra cash. I'm trying to avoid the unknown motor via eBay route unless it's cheap and I think Ken may have got that one-time-deal.
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    A word of caution to anyone

    Even if you gave him a working motor for fucking free he'd still find a reason to bitch about how you wronged his crazy ass :deal
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  5. Apple Jam

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    So is your 950 motor still running, CB?
    How many miles are on it?

    Why don't you sell that sucker and make it someone else's problem like a good American would do? Oh...right.....:lol3
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  6. crazybrit

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    Hey AJ!

    Plan is to tear mine down and see what's causing the vibration. In the meantime (and since I can't be sure I'll find the cause in a teardown) I figured I'd get a spare (hopefully non-vibrating) motor to tide me over.

    You mean sell the whole bike? Yeah, thought had crossed my mind but I'd have to give full disclosure and I'm not sure what that would do to the value of an 06. The vibes aren't quite to LC4 levels yet so maybe noone would mind :lol3

    thanks!
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    Most insurance (salvage) auctions do require a license. The one in Portland did also years ago. At the time I was around it not that many bikes went through. If that's still the case it would be a very long shot. Best bet is the CL ad
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    Yeah I've seen all these before. Bidding on a non-local auction where I can't personally inspect isn't appealing. There is a stunning lack of transparency in most of the descriptions/photos, no way to tell if that Helena one has cracked motor mounts for example. Supposedly you can pay some 3rd party for an inspection but as was said above, I think I'm better off with local Craigslist. This one makes me wonder WTF happened :D

    Thanks for the suggestions though, appreciated, keep em coming :thumb

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  11. acesandeights

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    Copart and IAA both have yards in Portland. They have contracts with insurance companies. You might want to call them to see if they have anything not listed on their websites.

    It used to be that insurance companies sold to independent salvage yards, but it's not the case (very often anyway) any more. It got too difficult to keep track of everything and get paid so the insurance companies got salvage contracts with the larger companies.

    Otherwise, local cycle salvage places might be an option, but they usually just buy their salvage from Copart and IAA.

    One of the other issues you'll be facing is the number of bikes on the road that fit what you're looking for, how many had full coverage on them and then how many have been totalled without damage to the engine.
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    Thanks. I called copart and you need to be a member to inspect and even though it's apparently free to join I think that might be asking a bit much of a fellow inmate. Also I'd prefer a later motor (as ktm made a bunch of internal changes after 04) but I am going to watch and see how much that Helena bike sells for. It could be a very good deal as there is no-reserve price or seller acceptance clause.

    I'd read that certain states require you use a copart broker but when I asked the Oregon offices of both Copart and IAAI it seemed that a licence was not required. If so that's good news.

    Copart doesn't have a joining fee for basic members but you're required to pre-pay 10% of your maximum bid amount before you can bid, supposedly refundable. IAAI was a $200/year fee and inspection is limited to the day before auction. Unclear if you can inspect and then only pay fee if you want to bid, I doubt it. The final value commission fees are pretty steep with both, around $500 on a $2000 bid.

    Anyhow, I'll keep my eye open in case anything shows up at either locally. Appreciate the replies, well, most of them :lol3
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    You should just part it out to somebody who won't be able to hear it running, no wait, that's what you're looking for.
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    So the Helena MT auction for the 2004 950 ended.

    Sales Status: Sold
    Bid Status: Never Bid

    Minimum bid was showing $1150.

    No clue what "sold" means if there was no bid.
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    So what happened?
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    Wouldn't be so fucking funny if it were not so fucking true :deal


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    no shit.
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