Suggestions for a Noob, please.

Discussion in 'Americas' started by ArcticYam, Mar 7, 2018.

  1. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Craigslist is the most common place to sell vehicles in the USA, and because it is free that is where the best deals are found. It seems like the bikes on Cycletrader are always thousands more than anywhere else.

    Being free, Craigslist does have scammers. In most cases, they are trying to scam those selling things. Because of that, sellers will be skeptical of you when you say you are from another country (think Nigerian Prince trying to give away money). They probably won't take checks, money orders, or want to deal with "your agent". You'll just have to be as straight with them as possible, don't meet in dark alleys, blah, blah blah. Robberies are rare, but it doesn't hurt to be careful.

    Most motorcycle dealers also have used bikes. They are typically a little more expensive to cover overhead costs, but also generally in good shape since they have liability to worry about. You might check the websites for the cities you are considering as a starting point. As an example, my coworker just bought a beautiful Triumph Tiger for $4500 from the local dealer. It has a fair amount of miles on it, but the dealer had all the maintenance records.

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  2. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    I am a CL regular. I have had issues for ~ the better part of a year in doing searches there. They are tedious at best when searching a city/state local sort of search but I formerly was able to use Searchtempest as a CL search engine and save much time- not any more! I also cannot email back an ad to myself and find nothing on my puter that hinders that?
    Yeh, the scammers stay on there but that's part of the world we now live in. I turn them in when I see that going on!!!
    To discuss used cars, used bikes in comparison is a waste. The simple fact is that MC's are a mostly "luxury/recreational" type of vehicle-same as a bass boat in CA & USA and are often found as garage queens, same as boats and a few other things.
    Plenty to find.
    I still say were it me, I'd find the bike in consideration of a logical airport and find me a ADV'er to help out. If it was the west coast Tuckers would be high on my list. Much different here than the UK to fetch a bike. My MC of recent came for lower AL, one before that from Dallas, TX one before that from near Dallas, that list gets long and the flights or bus was cheap & ride back was fun anyway.
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  3. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    I say used Africa Twin. My 2 cents.
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  4. ArcticYam

    ArcticYam n00b

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    Thanks for all the great advice!

    Haha, running my own business for years has may have turned me into a bit of a tightwad.

    Any suggestions on must see places/must do rides in the states?
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  5. -E-

    -E- Klaatu barada nikto

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  6. Wreckchecker

    Wreckchecker Ungeneer to broked stuff.

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    There are two bike sharing web sites which are fairly new and would let you just rent inexpensively in the areas you want to see. Prices are a lot less than from the usual dealer or rental places. This one has insurance and the other is working to get it but from what I see it is not yet there.
    https://www.riders-share.com
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  7. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    That is a big answer type of question... The places thought of as prime riding are north eastern away from the crowded areas (PA, NY, VT,NH,MA, ME are all VG) that might seem "pretty" but as soon as you get into them there are people everywhere-CT is an e.g. of that in the NE. The SE is the other spot in the east- meaning E TN, S VA (www.ridevirginiamountains.com) -my standard answer!, WV, KY, OH, W NC, N GA as prime riding and best seasons are spring and fall there and in NE.
    The Ozarks-S MO NW AR are special too. West of the big river all of the Rocky mtns and certain parts of west coast states and TX, AZ & NM.
    To get specific see regional comments.
    I'll agree that an Africa twin sounds good -IF! you can find one? Lots of other bikes that will pop up far more often.
    Sharing sounds more sensible for a regional trip as compared to a cross country & MX & CA jaunt.
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  8. Knute Dunrvnyet

    Knute Dunrvnyet 'Don't forget to miss me!'

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