Scrapping airhead parts

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Rob Farmer, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. Rob Farmer

    Rob Farmer Long timer

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    It's only a couple of years ago that any airhead parts appeared to sell for s premium. Times seem to have changed.

    Complete bikes fetch big money but nobody seems to want parts for these bikes.

    I currently have the dilemma that I'm having to scrap parts as they fetch more scrap than they do on eBay

    I have a complete r100rs frame with the logbook, swinging arm, subframe,rear brake arm and foot rests. All for 99p on eBay with no bidders.

    Four sets of crankcases look as though they'll be weighed in for scrap

    Strange times
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  2. ME 109

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    Bring them to Australia.
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  3. Airhead Wrangler

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    Attention all you hipster bobber/cafe/brat/tracker/whatever-other-flavor-of-the-month builders:

    BUY THIS STUFF TO BUILD YOUR LIFESTYLE FASHION ACCESSORY. Stop ruining perfectly functional motorcycles. [/PSA]
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  4. Mark Manley

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    I had noticed that some airhead parts go cheaply, unfortunately they are rarely the G/S and GS parts that I look for.
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  5. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    Frames and short blocks have been really cheap for as long as I can remember. A good frame seems to go for $75-100 - at least that's what I see for asking prices. Right now there's an idiot advertising on CL a bent R90 frame for $200. Makes me laugh every time I think of it. Hopefully it's got a title. LOL
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  6. Jim Day

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    You said it. :D

    As to the thread in general. I think times changed but also ebay has changed. Most parts used to be from owner/riders. Now the vast majority are from dismantlers that buy anything inexpensive and part it out running or not. This has raised the price of bikes and lowered the price of parts.

    You should save those parts because the prices are going to go back up. Look at final drives. A while back they were dirt cheap, but decent ones now are getting more expensive all the time.

    You want cheap parts look at oilheads. You could practically build a bike in parts from the ground up and save money over just buying used.
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  7. walkingbear

    walkingbear Lets Play Chicken!

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    I started to advertise my parts.. but everyone wants good parts for cheap. I decided I will move everything to the new house.
    I even sent a few tanks out to have them cleaned, coated and repaired and primed. Not a single bid.
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  8. Rob Farmer

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  9. Kiwiabbo

    Kiwiabbo Adventurer

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    Looks like the start of a project.....shame it's in U.K.
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  10. gordongraham

    gordongraham Been here awhile

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    that ready coated timing case would save me doing my own, ill have a bid Rob ;)

    does this stuff not sell better on the FS/T section of UKGSer than on ebay?
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  11. Rob Farmer

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    I've had it with selling stuff on ukgser. Talk about taking the piss and asking dumb questions
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  12. Rob Farmer

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    Its a pity you are so far away you'd be welcome to any of these parts before they get weighed in.
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  13. gordongraham

    gordongraham Been here awhile

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    a kind gesture Rob, thanks, but as you say its not a short hop from me in Scotland down to where you are. a real pity if good parts are going to weighed in, scrap price is in the toilet now too.
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  14. Jim K in PA

    Jim K in PA Long timer

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    Rob - Location, timing, and shipping policy all affect the hits. If you would post the smaller stuff to the US or at least elsewhere in the EU you might have more success.

    But I agree with Terry that the bare frames and short blocks have low value intrinsic, as they are rarely needed for an otherwise complete/running bike. I am one of the fools that bought a short block and frame and built a whole bike out of it with parts. $100 to get started, and thousands more to get the rest of it!
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  15. bmwrench

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    Hang on to them. I'm tripping over all kinds of used parts, but until the last Airhead and K-Bike go off the road, I'll not scrap them. I may go off the road before them, and that'll be OK.
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  16. sprouty115

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    I'm new to Airheads so I'm still getting acclimated to some of this, but I am wondering why I can buy some pretty significant parts for pennies, but the front indicator mounts are always around $80? Even beat up pieces seem to be in that range.
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  17. nmalozzi

    nmalozzi airheaded

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    My guess is three reasons:

    1) Not all Airheads had them (RS/RT bikes have signals built into their fairings). So there are less of them overall to resell. Read: Low Supply.
    2) Naked bikes are more popular at the moment. So there are a lot of people stripping off fairings, and are in need of these mounts. Read: High Demand.
    3) They bend fairly easy, thus they are practically a wear item in my opinion. Again, high demand.
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  18. nmalozzi

    nmalozzi airheaded

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    As for those parts... how much to put em in a great big box and ship them to Colorado? I've got garage space (well not really, but I'll make it).
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  19. sprouty115

    sprouty115 Long timer

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    Having literally just hit send I found a NOS pair for $60 so I bought them...that's the cheapest I've seen anything worth buying for about a month.
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  20. nmalozzi

    nmalozzi airheaded

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    That's a decent deal. I hunted for a set for a few months and eventually gave up. Got lucky a few years later and got a set in a larger parts lot I purchased. They hold their value, that's for sure.
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