'Tis the Season to Be Buying.

Motorcycle.com Staff
by Motorcycle.com Staff
'Tis the Season to be Buying.

Gabe Ets-Hokin, Features Editor

One of my many extra-MOriccular activities is buying used motorcycles for a friend of mine who owns a motorcycle shop. In the last week or two, it seems like the bottom has fallen out of the market for used motorcycles. My friend reports picking up bikes for a lot less than just a month ago.

Examples? How about a pair of clean, sub-2000 miles 2003 SV650s for under $3,600 apiece. I picked up an immaculate Kymco scooter last night for $1,650; Kelly Blue Book pricing is $2,100. Late-model Ninja 250s, which normally fetch close to their $2,999 MSRP in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas, are going for around $2,000.

The biggest deals may be late-model Japanese cruisers. It seems that at the first taste of rain, prospective cruiser buyers change their minds and sellers are eager to liquidate their bikes. Don't want to have to lay 'er down! My pal told me to offer $2,200 for a 2002 Suzuki Marauder 800 with under 3,000 miles! Hopefully, the seller won't be able to punch me through the phone.

A combination of incipient cold weather and the need to have cash on hand for the holidays is making sellers desperate. If you want a bike next year, consider buying used right now. Arm yourself and line up five or six bikes. Call each seller, chat them up for a few minutes, develop a rapport, and then low-ball 'em by $1,000. You'd be surprised how much some people cave just over the phone!

Of course, don't forget my advice from my Buying a Motorcycle series: it's always better to get a good bike than a good deal. However, I think it's always better to buy in the Winter, when demand is small and sellers desperate, then in the Spring, when demand is high and sellers are confident.

Some good resources are :Craig's List (www.craigslist.com),
Cycle Trader (www.traderonline.com) and the Recycler (www.recycler.com).

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