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Old 12-13-2005, 03:29 PM   #1
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Of couse you tell me this after I've already spend all my green on ribbons, bow, and presents!
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Old 12-13-2005, 03:31 PM   #2
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First post! Feed the kids or get a bike...Hmmm....Hard choice.
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Old 12-13-2005, 06:18 PM   #3
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Take it from one who knows, demanding children and spouses will always be with you. Good deals on motorcycles are not so liberally distributed....
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Old 12-14-2005, 12:26 AM   #4
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On eBay, good prices on desirable bikes that are relatively close to me are rare but I have been seeing more and more in the last couple of months.
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Old 12-14-2005, 01:57 AM   #5
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"The biggest deals may be late-model Japanese cruisers."



There's a news flash. Buyer will need to replace all stickers though. Anything that has the manufacturers name on it is promptly removed by the owner.
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Old 12-14-2005, 02:34 AM   #6
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Hope your health insurance is paid up. You are right though, just bought an 02 SV650, $5K miles for $3,200 including jacket, helmet and gloves for my son.
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Old 12-14-2005, 02:44 AM   #7
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Maybe this has something to do with the cost of gas dropping? One used motorcycle dealer I talked to a couple of months ago said that when gas prices hit $3 everyone was looking for cheap commuter bikes (which he used to justify asking $3400 for an average FZR600).

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Old 12-14-2005, 03:01 AM   #8
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I've noticed the price drop around here too. The problem is I need to sell my bike to take advantage. The best bet is to sell mine during the riding season to get the best price. buy right before christmas. But that leaves me sharing my wife's bike during the best part of the season. Dang.
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Old 12-14-2005, 03:14 AM   #9
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Probably no one thing causes this if it's really an overall trend. But the greater the sales of new bikes, the greater the supply of used. My guess is that new sales are the biggest factor, though the other suggestions sound good as contributing factors. You know, much the same thing has happened in the used car market.



I expect BMW & HD bikes to do well at retaining value as usual. Ditto some of the more desirable models.



Back if Feb 05, I almost pulled the trigger on selling The Fat Lady, my Honda ST11. '98 with all maint records, fresh Metz rubber...blah, blah. I was offered $5000 on trade and advised to ask about $6000 - $6200 if I sold myself. Looked at the whole situation again last month (I can't get that gosh darn XB12X out of my head). Down to $4000 on trade. Hmmmmm. And I see what appear to be clean ST's now selling for low 5's.



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Old 12-14-2005, 04:48 AM   #10
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If only prices on Ohlins R/T forks, Penske Triple shocks, Brembo brakes, Vortex triples and rearsets, and Marchesini wheels would do the same.
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