VFR Thread, How many of us have 'em?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Chad_NC, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. zilla

    zilla Long timer

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    I'm in the process of getting my 92 up and going again. I had a 09 Tiger 1050 that I was riding, but traded it on a Victory Cross Roads.

    Well i'm finding out i'm not much for cruisers, so it's time to get the VFR back out.

    Waiting on a couple parts, and I really should pull the carbs off. I think it's got a plugged pilot jet. But I can't say i'm looking forward to the job.

    It's still a baby though. Only had 46k on it. 10k are mine.
  2. 30Bones

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    My 02 is for sale, obo. I am taking a break from bikes for a bit unless it trades for a dual sport.
  3. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Beautiful bike, superbly awful video. Nobody wants to hear you ramble for eight minutes. Everyone wants to hear THE BIKE!
  4. MapMaster

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    To those that have one and love it, VFR's are more precious than gold. But the uninitiated buyers don't know that yet, and those that know its virtues also know that they can be had for less than you're asking.
    I didn't go searching for your post on it in the FM, no point to it really. You can ask whatever you want for it, but finding a buyer willing to meet that price is the issue. If you get a buyer, fine. No buyers - then you just might be way out of line.
    Given the market and other deals out there, I think the later is the more likely conclusion (by at least a grand). :deal
  5. AST236

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    It's definitely a tough market and VFR's in general are underappreciated. Since their virtues are underappreciated, they are undervalued in the market. That's good for a potential buyer and not so good for a seller.

    I know I paid too much for mine and will never get all my money back. That's my fault. I had always wanted one, ran across a trade opportunity, and took it. When I get ready to sell, I'll take a whipping. Depreciation is just a fact of life. BUT, while I have it, I have one of the greatest engines ever put between two wheels and plan to enjoy it as much as possible. That utility, the ability to ride the bike, has some value and some cost.

    To the question of a specific price on the OP's bike, I'd suggest three things:
    1. Make sure everything on the bike works. Nobody wants to buy and bike and then have to fiddle w/ little stuff the seller could have fixed himself.
    2. Take some better photo's w/o other cars, houses, etc in the background.
    3. Pull the Givi's and sell them for $500 w/ the mounts. They are not adding any more than that to the value of your bike and w/ the cash from their sale in your hands, you can drop the price a little.

    It's a really cool looking bike and I hope you get it sold and find what you are looking for.

    Ride safe!
  6. ErikY.

    ErikY. Here, Now.

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    As a guy who's bought a "few" used bikes, I'd say the detractors are the broken mirror and other slight damage. That bike would sell for 7000$ all day here if it was clean. It's like trying to sell a house that needs paint or the roof done- most people don't want to spend the time/money; they want to buy something that at least LOOKS close to new and certainly needs no work. Hell, have a nice house but try selling it filthy and it will sit for ages, or it will sell for thousands less.

    Plus the guys that are interested in a VFR would more typically be looking for a clean bike as lots of VFR's are mint due to be ridden by older riders and haven't been dropped, or the guys have had the money to fix little cosmetic things when they happened.

    IF I were selling that bike, I'd replace the mirror, fix those lights, clean up the scratches as best as possible, and take good pics that show the strengths of the bike and not the small problems.

    You'll get more people in the door looking at it and you'll get the money you want.
    Cheers and best of luck,
    Erik

    IE:
    http://edmonton.kijiji.ca/c-cars-ve...es-2002-Honda-VFR-7300-obo-W0QQAdIdZ367409011

    http://edmonton.kijiji.ca/c-cars-ve...-Honda-VFR-Interceptor-800-W0QQAdIdZ368052777
  7. smack doogle

    smack doogle Been here awhile

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    +1

    i have to agree. They are great bikes but they can be found for really good deals meaning, a seller will not make much money on selling one.

    I sold my 02 VFR over two years ago and it was nearly stock. i had it listed for 3 months and I only got $4000 w/ 12000 miles. I see 2002-2004 VFR's with less than 25000 miles selling for around $3500 in the mid atlantic. I'm looking into getting another 02 and keeping it till the wheels fall off and I won't be paying more than $3500 when I choose to buy.

    Here's a pic of mine a few months before I sold it.

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    By smackdoogle at 2010-01-07
  8. vwboomer

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    The tail lights are fixed. As for the scratches on the plastic, It's not worth repainting the whole bike for that little bit of imperfection - not really going to buff out flat black paint.
    Looking for an OEM replacement mirror(if anyone has a spare let me know!) and have thought about removing the bags, but am currently using them daily.

    oh,as for highlighting the good and glossing over the bad, I try to give all details including imperfections. I've sold two bikes sight unseen to the west coast and both buyers were very happy with the bike upon arrival.

    Boils down to how bad I want to get rid of it. Obviously something is only worth what someone wants to pay. I had to sell my S4R for 2000 under book even though it was almost perfect.

    It doesn't help that locally I'm selling to a small market where it's typically either rockets or harleys.

    In the end, you all are probably right that it's better to get rid of it for what I can. No point keeping something I can only ride for a couple hundred miles without aches and pains.

    Bitch of it is, I really like it. And that exhaust. yowza :deal
  9. MapMaster

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    Would that all sellers be so honest! :clap

    Have you looked into options for lowering the pegs and/or raising the seat to help w/ the knees?
    It shouldn't take much of a change to make a big difference. The Helibars on my 96 only gained me 3/4 of an inch up and back, yet that small change completely eliminated issues that I was having with my wrists.
  10. AST236

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    I commend you for being truthful about little issues. I've sold several bikes here in the past few years and never want a buyer to be surprised at the last moment.

    I also hear you about the market you're in. I"m in a small rural town in the south where motorcycles just don't sell.

    You'll find the right buyer. It just might take longer than you hoped. I'm having similar thoughts about my '95. It's a great bike and I love the sound, but my shoulders don't care for anything over a half hour (and I have Genmar risers installed).

    As long as you're being honest about what the bike is (and I believe you are), the market will utlimately determine what it's worth. If you and the market agree, sell it and move on. If you don't agree, keep it and make other arrangements.

    For me, interacting w/ potential buyers is half the fun, so don't miss that part of the experience. I've made some great friends here buying and selling over the past few years.

    Good luck!!
  11. ErikY.

    ErikY. Here, Now.

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    Please don't misunderstand me; I'd never say be dishonest. Just that I've looked at bikes that looked bad online due to all the close up pics of tiny scratches that most bikes have, and they generally look better in person.

    And yeah the option is to keep it. I've just bought back my KTM and was gonna sell the VFR until I rode it yesterday. I've regretted EVERY bike I've ever sold, every speargun, every car etc etc!
    I know we need cash sometimes. But I'm gonna try to hang onto this one.
  12. vwboomer

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    I hate buying stuff only to find things later that weren't disclosed (or I was too excitedto look for :rofl)

    Is there someone that makes a tall seat? that would definitely help.
    the wrists DO hurt, but it's a lack of cartilage issue I think.
    I also have searched for a different slave cylinder for the clutch to ease the pull some (it almost gives the Duc a run for it's money in that department) but didn't see anything.
    Any options?
    If I can ditch my 4wheeler I could see hanging onto the VFR for less than 300 mile days, but bottom line is I need money for something like a 950 :evil
  13. MapMaster

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  14. Sir Denis Eton-Hogg

    Sir Denis Eton-Hogg Tap into America

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    With the stock pipe you won't hear anything worth listening to - all the good noise come when you are at full gas in 2nd or 3rd.

  15. vwboomer

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    you should hear the twin carbon Remus pipes even at idle :tb
    I let a guy take it for a spin the other day while his wife and I were in my driveway and I still couldn't help but giggle :evil
  16. MapMaster

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    Seems like a fair number of newbs to this thread, so a bump to let yinz know about this..

    Same weekend as Rick's Rendezvous.
    RIP Party Boss.:cry

    I'm certainly not trying to compete with that gather, but this small rally has been going on since 2000.
  17. Storm Shadow

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  18. Storm Shadow

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    ordered my pc5 today, will have to find a mapto put on for my 2011 vfr800 vtec with K&N race filter, Sandy Bike decat headers, and staintune exhaust.
  19. RussellH

    RussellH Been here awhile

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    I like the 6th gens, how are they for 2 up riding? I used to have a Ninja 650R but sold it for a ST1300, similar engine to the VFR but the bike is too big (740lbs) and doesn't quite stir my sole.
  20. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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