Where to buy a used F700/800 BMW? Impossible!

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by nylon2000, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. nylon2000

    nylon2000 Wanderer

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    I've been thinking about getting a BMW. Want either a 650, or 700 or 800. Used. I've seen a decent selection of used Sertao's around, but blimy, if its not hard to find a used F700/800GS.

    Are they not that common in the first place, or do people never part with them once they buy them?

    And, if they are sold, second hand, somewhere in the North East (I live in NYC), then please let me know.

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  5. It'sNotTheBike

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    You need to be willing and able to go to where the bike is
    if you want to buy a specific bike which is not common.


    http://www.adhuntr.com/2012/05/all....-8&newwindow=1&q=BMW+800GS&as_qdr=a&sa=Search


    I've gone from NC to NV, NC to VT, and NC to FL to buy bikes.
    It's not difficult, and can be done in the space of a single weekend
    if time constraints are an issue. You can bring the bike back in a
    truck, or in a trailer or ride it or have it shipped.



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  6. viverrid

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    I doubt the bikes he is looking for are rare enough to be worth going very far for.

    Not worth the cost either.
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  7. nylon2000

    nylon2000 Wanderer

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    I had already looked at Max's. Seems they have the largest selection of second hand beemers around. They have 6 recent Sertao's for example. But, they have literally 0 F700s or 800s. They have one "coming soon" and one "sale pending".

    The "coming soon" used one is 11k, because its 2013:
    http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/machine/details.aspx?ID=4967

    Which is the same price as the brand new ones!

    I'll look at the Flea Market, but I'm still coming up short, and still wondering about my original questions - maybe just not many are sold, and because they are in between the 650 entry level bikes and the 1200 bikes which a lot of new people also buy, they are generally bought by people who are specifically looking for them?
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  8. It'sNotTheBike

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    It looks like a lot of the supply of used bikes such as you are seeking
    ( in your local area ) have been taken in on trade by dealers ( e.g. Max ).
    Dealers often mark the used bikes up to what may be an unacceptable price,
    and that pushes the buyer toward a new bike, which most likely works in the
    dealer's favor. If the dealer has plenty of capital to work with or a nice arrangement
    with his lending institution, he won't be under the same sort of pressure to "deal" as
    an individual seller might. All of which works against you when you look at used bikes for
    sale at such a dealer.


    If you're patient, and you post a bunch of WTB ads, you can probably come up
    with a bike which suits your requirements in the next 60 days or so. What is in
    your favor is that you can pay significantly more for a bike than a dealer will ever pay
    for a trade-in, so the idea is to catch the guy who is willing to trade his used bike to a dealer and
    offer him a bit more than trade value and buy his bike.


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  9. wizze

    wizze Wizze = Wise

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    My friend just bought a 800 locally. You need to be diligent in your search and not be afraid to travel. Keep searching Craigslist, Ebay, ADV ads, etc. It's all apart of the adventure!
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  10. It'sNotTheBike

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    The rarity seems to be a problem as cited by the OP,
    and indeed it doesn't look like there are a lot of 800
    GS bikes out there for sale used.


    Whether the cost of traveling to buy the right bike is
    "worth" the expense is something only the OP can
    answer, and I won't attempt to second-guess what
    arrangements will or won't be "worth the trouble" to the OP.


    I had some nice trips going to get the bikes I traveled to buy, and
    part of the bike's history with me involves memories of the trip to
    buy it. It was all part of the fun, including waiting for a shipped bike
    to arrive and being so excited when it did arrive that I rode around
    in the cold until I couldn't feel my hands any more. That bike means
    a lot more to me than the very same bike would have if I'd bought it
    from a dealer five miles away. Difficulty during achievement of goals
    makes achievement of those goals just that much sweeter. After all,
    we are "adventure riders", not "convenience riders" ...


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  12. XT_Driftwood

    XT_Driftwood Been here awhile

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    Inmate bpken11 had his '09 for sale last fall. I don't know if he ever sold it though. I see he hasn't logged into ADV since mid-January.

    I rode with him last summer. The bike was immaculate.
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  13. nylon2000

    nylon2000 Wanderer

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    Went to BMW of Manhattan yesterday and test rode the F800 and the Sertao. Loved the 800, but its a bit too peppy for me. Maybe for my next bike!

    Got the '12 Sertao. Got a good deal on it with OEM rebate, plus picking up last years model.

    Now I need to dodge work so I can use it - looks sunny right now.
    And then the long road of adding farkles!

    Hope to see some of you on the road

    NY-Lon
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  14. alskee750

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    Good choice. I have one, probably see you around the way. Enjoy..
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  15. nylon2000

    nylon2000 Wanderer

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    Rode a couple of hundred miles out in central NJ yesterday and today, getting used to the bike. Yesterday was sunny and a blast, this afternoon was grey and windy. Coming back into Manhattan with huge gusts was fun.

    Very happy with the bike, although I do need to install the GPS on it, so I can work out where i'm going.
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  16. alskee750

    alskee750 Been here awhile

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    Check out the Thumper forum we have a Sertao Thread going:

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=747861 Good info

    Same bike but older, these guys know there stuff.
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=441434
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    Congrats
    All the best w it - ride safe
    J
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  18. kenny61

    kenny61 TBI survivor and damn proud of it

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    pics or you didnt buy it:deal
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  19. nylon2000

    nylon2000 Wanderer

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    Haha - fair enough.

    Here's day 3 of ownership:
    [​IMG]

    Down in the Pine Barrens, NJ.

    Since then there's been a whole lotta farkling - which I talk about in the Sertao thread on the board.

    NY-Lon
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  20. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!!

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    Impressed if you did a lot of sand with those tires.
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