Advice on how to sell a R1100GS in Arizona please?

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  1. pict685

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    Hi,

    Though I live in Canada, I have kept a 1995 R1100GS ABS in the Mesa AZ area for the last ten years at our winter trailer. With the road border closed this year we will not be able to go down by car (we have dogs) so I am flying down tomorrow to clear out our place for rent or sale. Part of the clearout will involve selling the bike and I am wondering if anyone has any ideas on the quickest and safest way to sell a bike in Arizona. I've heard nasty stories about Craigslist transactions, so would eBay be the best way to go? I'll have about 2 weeks down there to get it sold. Also curious as to what a fair price would be. Bike is fully functional in good but not pristine condition and has a few extras. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Low mileage circa ~45,000 miles
    ABS brakes
    Givi luggage – 2 side panniers and 2 (large and small) top boxes – large in photo takes 2 helmets. Luggage all keyed the same.
    Fornales rear air shock with inflation pump
    Autcom Super Pro AVI intercom installed – with 2 headsets for fullface helmets
    Carbon fibre rear wheel hugger
    Stainless brake lines
    Odyssey AGM battery
    Givi windshield
    Bigfoot sidestand
    Assorted spares and tools (oil filter wrench, clutch cable, spare fuel pump, valve clearance gauges..)

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  2. PineyMountainRacing

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    is the bike registered in the States or Canada?

    I’ve sold several bikes here in the FM and on Craigslist, no problems but you will find jerks and scammers both places

    to get it sold in 2 weeks or less your price will need to be very realistic, maybe below market (whatever that is) and someone will be getting a good deal. Priced “right“ you’ll have several buyers, priced too high and the phone won’t ring. Good luck, if I was in AZ I’d come look at it, and I don’t need any more motos in the garage :lol3
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  3. pict685

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    It is registered in Arizona and located in Apache Junction.
    John

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  4. PaulBarton

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    I wouldn’t pick eBay over Craigslist. CL will most likely be local-area buyers which you need as you have a critical timeline. I have bought and sold on CL and in the FM. On average, FM is higher quality buyers but that’s only “on average”.

    As PMR states your selling price needs to reflect your urgency. Have you tried to contact any dealers in the area that might be able to consign it for you? That may be an option you could consider and eliminate some of the urgency. Anxious sellers make for screaming deals.

    yours looks like a good low mile example of a bike with a near cultish following.
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  5. PineyMountainRacing

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    I didn’t think of consignment, good idea to consider
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  6. pict685

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    Thanks for the advice. Does FM mean Facebook Marketplace (never used it and am guessing)? If it doesn't garner much interest while I am down there I can always leave it there until May when we hope to go down again (have the place rented meantime till then). Seems like now is a good time to sell with the stupid hot weather having calmed down, and plenty of cooler riding days ahead.
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    FM is the flea market here on ADV
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    Thanks for flagging those forums.
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  10. mwoods

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    If you want to move it quickly, I would price it aggressively, and list it in the marketplaces here. I would avoid facebook and Craigslist of possible. Just too much BS listing there.
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    I would sell it here on ADV rider or on Cycletrader.com. If you need some help, I am 1 mile from Mesa Gateway Airport.
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  12. pict685

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    Thanks AZgman I appreciate the offer. Will PM you if I'm stuck with anything.
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  13. wellcraft

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    The quickest way to move the bike is to take it to a dealership and sell it them or put it on consignment. You'll get less money if you take it to a dealership but you also walk out with a check in your hand. Some dealerships take consignments so that may also be an option, you'll get a little bit more money but probably not as much as you would selling it yourself. On consignment the dealership takes on the responsibility of advertising the bike, selling the bike, arranging financing if necessary and it also frees you up from having to deal with scammers, picture collectors, tire kickers, thieves, and answering a bunch of dumb questions from people who have no intention of buying the bike. Yes the dealership takes a 10% or sometimes 15% fee of whatever the bike sells for but if you're pressed for time the trade-off is worth it in my opinion.
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  14. Ray916MN

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    Craigslist always works best for me. Since CL instituted a $5 fee for listing, the quality of listings has gone up and the scam sellers largely disappeared. My last sales of vehicles on CL have all taken less than a week and the last bike I sold, was gone in under 4 hours.

    A solid ad with lots of pictures and just the facts works well, but the price is key. With the right price and ad, buyers ask few questions aside from when and where can they see the bike and they show up with the cash to buy and they buy without negotiating.

    There's a comparable to what you're selling on CL right now https://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/mcy/d/black-canyon-city-bmw-1996-r1100gs1983/7236030215.html I'm not an expert on the value of these bikes, but I'd guess if you listed at $3500, you'd sell within a day or two of listing.

    GLWTS.
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    wait a minute, I must have missed the price. That will move or not move the bike. Is it ready to roll? Fluids, ect...10 years long time!
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    Offer @AZgman $500 to do it for ya, win win!!!
    I would if it wasn’t winter in Reno.....
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    FleaMarket on ADVrider is your best bet, especially if you list it well before you journey to the land of Covid and set up some possibilities. CL is still full of CL-flakes despite the new fee, not something I'd want to deal with remotely or during your precious two weeks down here. CycleTrader used to be good, but now it seems like mostly dealer ads and I don't waste my money buying that rag any more. As mentioned before, money talks, and 1100s and 1150s are going for around $3000 or less unless you have time to sit around for months waiting for that buyer that for some reason thinks your bike is the bee's knees.
    I've sold 4 bikes through ADVrider, and one on CL after wading through lots of BS, and have bought 4 bikes through ADVrider, two of which were fly-n-rides. I'm sure there are a few flakes on ADVrider out there, but so far my luck has been holding and I've been more than satisfied all of those sales and buys.
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    I have used CL, ADV Fleamarket, Facebook Marketplace, and Offer Up to sell vehicles this past year. The latter two allow you to see feedback on potential buyers.

    I'm in Mesa if you need assistance.
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