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Old 10-19-2007, 01:56 PM   #1
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Question Bike Buying Season

I've been scouring my local sale paper and eBay for deals on bikes, and I was wondering, when is the best season to buy a bike?

Spring seems like a good time, because a lot of people will be trading their old machines for the new ones. Also, winter seems great because dealerships would want to sell stale stock at a cheap price. I live in the south-east, so riding season is every season.

Also, why is it so hard to find an older, unfaired GS500E? Either they're really rare, or nobody wants to get rid of them.
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Old 10-19-2007, 02:06 PM   #2
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Winter.


Or whenever you have enough money to purchase a bike.
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Old 10-19-2007, 02:40 PM   #3
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Sell in spring.

Buy in winter. Especially after Christmas. (We can still use the word Christmas on MO, right? I think so because even the most strident atheist doesn't refuse the day off.)
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Old 10-19-2007, 02:49 PM   #4
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I don't even consider Christmas a religious holiday.

Don't even get me started on "Harvest Festivals". It's Halloween people!
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Old 10-19-2007, 03:55 PM   #5
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You mean "Mid Winter Annual Festivities".........

Winter is best to buy because the dealers want to sell, it's also bad because they need to make the most money off limited numbers of sales.

Private sales ar usually better because they're looking for Christmas money, all a toss up really.
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Old 10-19-2007, 04:01 PM   #6
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I'm an agnostic and have nothing against Christmas, in fact i agree with people who no longer see it as a religious holiday, i get up put on jeans, tshirt and my leather jacket and go back to my parents for a day of free stuff and food... thats Christmas for ya
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Old 10-19-2007, 10:11 PM   #7
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A lot of holders hold out for spring, hoping to get a better price. You may not find what you want in the dead of winter. If price is the question, though, winter is definitely the time to buy.
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Old 10-20-2007, 11:55 AM   #8
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"Also, why is it so hard to find an older, unfaired GS500E? Either they're really rare, or nobody wants to get rid of them."

Because they're all owned by old coots who leave them sitting in the garage for decades, forgotten, while they work on radio controlled airplanes, or model railroads.

That. or they're baking in the sun at some salvage yard in Arizona...
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Old 02-01-2008, 01:54 PM   #9
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"Also, why is it so hard to find an older, unfaired GS500E? Either they're really rare, or nobody wants to get rid of them."

Because they're all owned by old coots who leave them sitting in the garage for decades, forgotten, while they work on radio controlled airplanes, or model railroads.

That. or they're baking in the sun at some salvage yard in Arizona...
Hey, I resemble that remark! I have a '98 GS500E that's been sitting in my shed for almost a year now, waiting for a carb rebuild, while I've been busy building a scale J-3 Cub. But I ain't an old coot! I'm only 30, so I guess that makes me a young coot. Anyway, GS's may be rare in your neck of the woods, but they're a dime a dozen here in NJ.
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Old 02-01-2008, 02:07 PM   #10
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If you're buying from a retail location: anytime is a good time. They're bleeding from their eyes and ears to sell bikes right now and will wheel and deal anything- even Busas. I know a dealer in ATL that let an 08 Busa go for $150 above cost! It's Crazy Eddie time right now.
If it private seller then just keep hammering the price you will give. Someone will meet your needs- promise.
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