Why offer trades??

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by yeoman, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. yeoman

    yeoman Been here awhile

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    So, as I look at all the bikes for sale in the flea market, I'm baffled why so many people want to make trades. Can anyone explain this to me? Is it simply the sales tax savings? What are the odds that someone has the exact bike that I want and that I have the bike that he wants? Very slim! For instance, I have an '04 GS 1150 and would love to get on a 1200 GS. Who out there wants to make that trade? This phenom just makes me curious.
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  2. tkent02

    tkent02 Long timer

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    I've traded all kinds of bikes. If I want a specific model and year, not so much. If I want a medium dual sport, perhaps a small street bike for my wife, or a big road bike for some trip, sure why not. A lot of times I just want something different. I would trade any of my bikes for a nice old two stroke street bike. I'm also looking for a big old beemer, or a plated two stroke MX bike. Looking for a cheap trials bike too. Any of them, a few months later I'm bored, be happy to trade it for something different.
    Anything old and wierd gets special consideration.


    Got one I want?
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  3. koyote

    koyote Been here awhile

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    I guess my answer would be, why not make trades. If someone has a bike I want and I have a bike they want it makes perfect sense. I've made two trades through flea market and both worked out perfectly.
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  4. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    In Kansas there is no sales tax advantage. You pay tax based on the retail value of the bike, no matter how the transaction is handled. The legislature fixed the $1.00 loophole several years ago. Trades make sense from a "good faith" standpoint. I'm much more willing to trust someone who is handing over real property (that I can inspect) than I am of somone who is handing me paper (that might be counterfit or forged).
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  5. Waco

    Waco Renegade Sickle Hound

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    Well, I have no money to spend on a motorcycle. But I do have this RT in the garage that I've always had mixed feelings about owning. There might be someone out there who wants to trade for it. But, yeah, finding someone who wants my RT and has a bike I want is a long shot.
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  6. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    I have no spare cash to spend on a bike, and I'm not willing to finance one. I did have one I wasn't riding much any more lately, and there was a particular one I've admired for years that I wanted to try. I happened to cross paths with an inmate who wanted a bike like mine, and who had the one I liked. We traded straight up last week, and we are both pretty happy with the result.:D this was my first ever vehicle trade, and it worked out quite well.

    I find trading stuff is more fun and interesting than buying and selling, and it's an inexpensive way to try new stuff.
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  7. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    What are the odds of your finding out if you don't put it out there and ask the question?

    There are a LOT of bikes and other things I would like to own. I am always open for suggestions.

    I just put a gun that I had gotten as partial payment for a bike up for sale (not here) and ended up with a different gun and a bunch of ammo instead. As long as both parties go home happy it's a win win.
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  8. corndog67

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    I'm a horse tradin' sonofabitch. I've traded a YZ450F, for a GSXR1000 Superbike, full Youshimura super high compression engine, Marchesini Forged Mags, Ohlins, the full kit. Straight across, a GSXR with probably at least $20,000 in it. I also traded a XR650L Supermoto for a Sportster, which my wife wanted. I'm always open for a trade, sometimes there are screaming deals to be had.
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  9. yeoman

    yeoman Been here awhile

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    Wow. I am surprised that it happens so often. It's probably you lucky sobs that have a dozen bikes in your garage.
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  10. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    You would be surprised how well it works. I'd rather try to trade (first) with a fellow ADVer than go through the trouble of selling a bike then try not to get screwed buying something else.
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  11. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    And while your original example might not work straight across, plenty of people in these economic times would gladly trade you a 1200 for your 1150 plus some cash.

    The trading works better say if you wanted to trade your GS for an RT, there are lots of guys who have an RT but have seen the light and want to get dirty. ;)

    I'm sort of the other way around, I have a GS and although the wife loves it and won't let me do this, I don't ride it mush as intended and might be happier with an RT and a WR250 or something.

    Sorry to ramble but you gotta get creative.
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  12. tkent02

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    It's not luck, it's a lot of careful trading.
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  13. M-Cat

    M-Cat 2 wheeled slacker

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    As long as both parties go home happy it's a win win.[/QUOTE]


    This.
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  14. Tuna Helper

    Tuna Helper Rawrr!

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    Its easier to trade for something you want than it is to sell what you have for what you want, then try to find what you want in your price range.
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  15. OrangeYZ

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    I put my KLR up for sale wanting money. Nobody calls for three months.
    I see an ad that a guy has a 4x4 pickup and wants either money or a dual sport.
    I have a dual sport. My brother wants a 4x4 pickup. We trade.
    He has a KLR, my brother has a 4x4, someday he'll pay me for it. Don't care, KLR's gone :D
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  16. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    I for one can't stand trade offers plastered all over the board! :D

    But seriously, I'd take a V-storm now too!
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  17. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    We're in the middle of the great depression 2.0, nobody has cash money. I haven't been able to sell a bike for cash since 2004, I've done trades or traded in on new, even did payments for a good friend. I really think that CL has ruined the used anything market, used to have to go down to the newspaper in person and pay for an ad, now every lazy slob with a smart phone can list stuff for free.
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  18. corndog67

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    Why would Craigslist ruin the market? Seems to me that it would open it up, people that weren't willing to go spend $15 for the newspaper ad , will sit at a computer for a minute to list up some old cassette tapes for .75 cents, or a Skilsaw that doesn't work for $5.00, or an old Superbike that's been sitting in the garage for 12 years.
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  19. EsconDeasy

    EsconDeasy Ectomorph

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    Damn right. Craigslist is awesome.

    I got one of those scythe mowers that is human powered for $15. When I realized my lawn was way too big to screw around with that thing, I put it back on for $15. Two women showed up and, without saying a word, handed me the $15, threw it in their car and left.

    Also, if you are wanted to get rid of something you think is garbage, put it in the 'free' section. Your phone will ring off the hook with hoarders who will take anything !
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  20. EastSideSM

    EastSideSM Isn't that dangerous?

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    Why is it such a hard concept? I have traded lots of things over the years, as well as given things away. Like others have said, if both parties are happy in the end, everyone wins.
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