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Old 08-07-2018, 02:00 PM   #21
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Re: Where do people find the cheap bikes?

Whether or not the ad is otherwise legit, the only problem with the logo is that the picture got flipped. It should look like this.
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Old 08-07-2018, 05:48 PM   #22
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Re: Where do people find the cheap bikes?

I have a 93 Honda 750 Nighthawk. I know, you wanted something smaller cc wise, but do the research, this thing is as smooth as silk and tame as a kitten. It was my wife's and has about 33K on it. Its been sitting for about 3 years in the back of my shop. I have not checked the fuel in it but most certainly its bad. I did drain the carbs years ago but have no idea if for sure they are okay. It will also need a battery and has a fork seal leak. I have the fork seals, the leak wasn't real bad, but enough to notice when it was last rode. It is a beautiful Honda Tahitian Blue and has no real cosmetic issues. It also has a small clear wind shield. The tires, brakes and chain are all good. The tach has never worked and seems to be a Honda defect that is repairable (broken wire inside) is someone was handy enough to take it on.

$1000 as is or $1900 running. I have a clear Oklahoma title and can send pics via email or text if you like. I even still have all of the wife's riding gear.
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Old 08-07-2018, 05:51 PM   #23
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Re: Where do people find the cheap bikes?

Look for older Ninja 250's. Great starter bikes and can be had for what you are wanting to spend.
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Old 08-07-2018, 06:06 PM   #24
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Whether or not the ad is otherwise legit, the only problem with the logo is that the picture got flipped. It should look like this.
Right you are. The Austin Vintage Moto guys found the same picture on a couple dozen different craigslists.
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Old 08-09-2018, 09:41 AM   #25
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Re: Where do people find the cheap bikes?

Also, I think the days of really cheap bikes on CL are gone. There is no means of searching what bikes are selling for in CL only listed. In the end its only worth what someone will pay. The issues is the raising cost of new bikes. It tends to make the used ones worth more. KBB and NADA don't reflect that much.

Currently cleaning up a couple of used dirt bikes to sell for a new purchase. Hard to price what they are worth, but if what folks are asking on CL is any indication with a bit of polish, a few bucks in inexpensive cosmetic parts, and removal of aftermarket parts for separate sale I maybe able to come out nicely with the new purchase.
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Old 08-09-2018, 10:17 AM   #26
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Also, I think the days of really cheap bikes on CL are gone. There is no means of searching what bikes are selling for in CL only listed. In the end its only worth what someone will pay. The issues is the raising cost of new bikes. It tends to make the used ones worth more. KBB and NADA don't reflect that much.

Currently cleaning up a couple of used dirt bikes to sell for a new purchase. Hard to price what they are worth, but if what folks are asking on CL is any indication with a bit of polish, a few bucks in inexpensive cosmetic parts, and removal of aftermarket parts for separate sale I maybe able to come out nicely with the new purchase.
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Old 08-09-2018, 10:38 AM   #27
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Old 08-09-2018, 12:04 PM   #28
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-Austin craigslist is cheaper for everything but dirtbikes and older japanese stuff. Those are cheaper in Dallas and Houston. There's no dirt scene here in Austin, and the older Japanese stuff is popular here amongst the hipster crowd (myself included).
My daughter lives in Seattle and she keeps telling me to ship my vintage CB750 up there and it will bring top dollar. I never really considered Austin.


What I've discovered is that when it comes to selling, its all about location. I live 30 minutes SW of Ft. Worth. No one wants to be bothered with the 45 minute drive to look. They'll drive 45 minutes across the metromess ...

So my retirement dream of flipping bikes is quickly fading away.
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Old 08-09-2018, 12:26 PM   #29
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Re: Where do people find the cheap bikes?

I could be wrong, Mitch, but I think people who are truly interested in a quality CB750 would drive a few miles. If they're looking for a cheap old commuter, probably not. But a CB750 is a true collectible. And it doesn't hurt its case any that, a couple of years back, Motorcyclist Magazine named it the "bike of the century" because of its impact on the industry.

Of course, it's a still 70s Honda bike, not an AC Cobra. And it's all about condition - also about ORIGINAL condition - I don't think conversions to cafe racers or choppers are worth as much. And my guess is the early years are worth more. But my perception is that a good, clean 1969-75 will go anywhere from $3000-6000.
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Old 08-09-2018, 12:47 PM   #30
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Re: Where do people find the cheap bikes?

I also have an 05 SV650 that needs carb work and a battery. Same story, its been sitting a long time. I'll let it go for $900.
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Old 08-09-2018, 04:55 PM   #31
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^^ umm shouldn't a 2nd gen SV have FI not carbs?
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Old 08-13-2018, 12:35 AM   #32
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Look for older Ninja 250's. Great starter bikes and can be had for what you are wanting to spend.
Yep.

https://austin.craigslist.org/mcy/d/...669295447.html
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:33 AM   #33
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Re: Where do people find the cheap bikes?

Not mine but looks like it's close to your price point.

https://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/mc...671424995.html
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Old 08-15-2018, 11:21 AM   #34
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^^ umm shouldn't a 2nd gen SV have FI not carbs?
Yep, 05 should be EFI, they were from 03 forward.
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Old 08-15-2018, 04:45 PM   #35
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I also have an 05 SV650 that needs carb work and a battery. Same story, its been sitting a long time. I'll let it go for $900.
I'll send you a PM. Have a buddy looking for a first bike for his daughter that is interested in this.

Obviously the OP has first dibs....but assume your offer is open to anyone and this might work for him.
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:33 PM   #36
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Re: Where do people find the cheap bikes?

Thanks for all the info. A lot of good points and hints.
A bike is on hold for now.
Momma has said no in no uncertain terms to a bike anytime soon for her, as well as my "spare" cash is spoken for with other stuff.


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I'll send you a PM. Have a buddy looking for a first bike for his daughter that is interested in this.

Obviously the OP has first dibs....but assume your offer is open to anyone and this might work for him.
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Old 08-16-2018, 11:12 AM   #37
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Re: Where do people find the cheap bikes?

I just stumbled across this ...

https://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/mc...666681625.html

20 year old NX 250 - listed for $1K



Offer $500
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Old 08-16-2018, 11:56 AM   #38
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I just stumbled across this ...

https://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/mc...666681625.html

20 year old NX 250 - listed for $1K



Offer $500
Clean title, tagged, current registration, good tires and ready to ride. $1,000 seems like a fair asking price to me. Why the quick lowball $500 offer? Yes highish miles but doesn't warrant that IMO. That's the exact thing that so many complain about and keeps them from selling on CL.

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Re: Where do people find the cheap bikes?

First of all ... it's an offer. Not a disparaging comment about the person's mom.

It's a cheap bike because it's 20 years old, not a sought after model, 50K miles, well loved and a terrible rattle can paint job.
$500 is generous ...
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Old 08-16-2018, 12:55 PM   #40
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Remember that nobody's prices are firm. If they are, they're not going to be fun to do business with anyway.
It doesn't get any more fun than one person posting a firm fair price and another person showing up with that much cash and walking away with the product.

Haggling is a huge pain in the rear and is the most not fun you can have. But it has to be done which is why folks like me will intentionally mark up our price so that the buyer can come down to our firm price. This could be the reason there's no reasonably priced beaters out there, because everyone feels like they need to beat a better deal out of the seller than what they are offered.
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