The Oldest Craigslist Bike in Your Area?

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by epb, Apr 26, 2017.

  1. epb

    epb Been here awhile

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    Curious what bike isn't moving on Craigslist in your area. I browse all the time, whether I need a bike or not, and it's sometimes disheartening to see some poor bike posted for years because the seller (apparently) thinks it's more valuable than everyone else does.

    For my area, there's been a 1982 Nighthawk 650, rusty and disassembled, posted for about three years with an asking price of $600. It kinda ticks me off now. The ad used to include pictures, which made it clear it was junk; after about a year the seller stopped posting them so people have to waste time contacting him/her to get pics and find out its junk.
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  2. DjXiev

    DjXiev Just go, most issues can wait

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    there is a early ducati that pops up on craigslist around here hops owner to owner for the last few years looks the same and still doesnt run was $200 last time i saw it
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  3. epb

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    We've got a failed flip around here as well. Someone posted a decent Honda CL175 for about a year asking mid-teens. Late last year the guy got desperate, posted that he was moving and the bike had to go. Someone bought it, likely for a song, and they've been posting it asking mid-teens for about seven months now. I don't get it - they had to watch that bike linger for a year at that asking price, so why would they think someone around here will pay that now?
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  4. DjXiev

    DjXiev Just go, most issues can wait

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    many failed flippers here, pretty normal to see things priced high sit for month after month
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  5. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    This has been up locally for quite a while now. How odd that he can't find any buyers!

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  6. rd400racer

    rd400racer Long timer

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    A guy posted almost the same bike here. I called him to talk about it, and by the time we were done he said just come pick it up...he'd give it to me for free just to make it gone. So I did! I traded it to a local shop in exchange for some work on another bike I have.

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  7. Kiba

    Kiba Dances With Huskies

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    The oldest listing in my area varies from month to month. Currently it's a rough tie between a guy trying to sell a 15 year old Chinese scooter wheel for $40 (1.5 years) and a guy trying to sell his "show chopper" for $9k.

    Some time ago there were a few project bikes posted for double or triple a reasonable price that sat for years before finally disappearing. But a substantial percentage of the MC market on craigslist is precisely this kind of thing, so it's not exactly rare.

    Same. About 25% of the "motorcycles" section is morons who can't price their bikes properly and just keep relisting them in perpetuity. I'll give a small percentage of them the benefit of the doubt- maybe the significant other demanded a bike sale for some reason, and they're weaseling out of it with a "Gee, it just won't sell, might as well keep it." :lol3

    But the rest? Ignorant, foolish, and/or angrily stupid.

    Shit, here that would be a $500 project, and the listing would include the words "vintage", "classic", "custom", "bad-azz", "ran X time ago", "easy fix", and "bobber chopper bar hopper".
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  8. BigJim711

    BigJim711 Adventurer

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    I try not to pay too much attention to craigslist because I have all kinds of (mostly non-bike) projects. :D

    There are some that make me scratch my head though. I am sure this one will spend some time there. A few "cafe racer" conversions are pretty neat and done nicely. Most make me think someone's Dremel tool should be removed from their possession.

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  10. Guano11

    Guano11 Stop me if you've heard this one....

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    Lotta crap on Craigslist.
    But there are some gems in there, too...but they only last a few days. Gotta be in a position to pounce.
    It does, however, seem like a pretty slow market at the moment. Good time for buyers.
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  11. Kiba

    Kiba Dances With Huskies

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    I've experienced the opposite. Bikes have been slow to sell for the spring/summer season, sure; but sellers have not responded rationally to the market by adjusting their prices, accepting trades, etc, so deals are hard to find. Of course we're a great distance from each other, but in my region sellers are still acting like we're all in Daytona a month before Bike Week starts.

    Case in point:

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    The seller isn't a lunatic but nonetheless overvalues the bike by about double... and that's being generous towards the scarcity/value of CB750s these days. $1k for a non-running, titled, complete CB750 in that kind of crusty shape is still fairly rich to me, but he'd find a buyer eventually at that price. $2k? Better hope for a very naive hipster or a doe-eyed retiree who had that *exact* bike, down to the paint color, in his/her youth. Yet he considers $2k to be "cheap". :lol3

    For reference... two weeks ago there was a clean, running, titled and registered Nighthawk 750 in impeccable shape for $1500 on the same CL, and both a '93 Sportster project and a '81 KZ650 project in similar condition for less than $500 each.
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  12. Sir Denis Eton-Hogg

    Sir Denis Eton-Hogg Tap into America

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  13. Rizingson

    Rizingson Vintage Rider

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    In my area, the bikes that don't sell are bikes without titles, customized bikes whether it's cafe or bobber doesn't matter. Of course you always have the dreamer who thinks his trail 90 is rare and puts a high price on it. Original survivors especially if it is a desirable model won't last until noon the day they are posted.
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  14. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    You could have made that look like this one. They run like scaled cats.

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    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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  17. deafanddiabetic

    deafanddiabetic What? Huh?

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    My favorite has been on Craigslist since before I bought my conversion project....so 18 months or so? It's the one that sticks out to me as being the longest running ad.

    Never budged once on the price of $6500 for an early 70's Honda SL. I personally think it's an insane price and there's a reason it hasn't moved. But I also know there is a buyer for everything and if he took it to eBay he might get a better deal. I know all the buyers around here and no one's touching this thing for that wad of cash.

    https://omaha.craigslist.org/mcy/6073452660.html
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  18. Ozarkroadrunner

    Ozarkroadrunner Been here awhile

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    The oldest was a 1963 Yamaha YDS3 250. The ad ran for several months. It looked to be in pretty decent shape and I was sorely tempted. Fortunately, I had to go out of town for a week and the ad disappeared.
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  19. epb

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    I've owned a couple of Honda CB400Ts and I'm watching an ad for one asking $3k. I love the bike (it was my first) but I wouldn't pay that for the nicest one on earth (which this one isn't). I'm curious to see how long before the seller blinks.

    I'm starting to see later Hawks (the NT650) linger as the bubble burst with those, though there are a couple posted asking $4k near me. Having owned one, for that I'd get an SFV650 or SV650.
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