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Old 10-06-2012, 07:06 AM   #16
You don't get me
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Originally Posted by Bluethumb View Post
In the last year or two I've noticed prices of airheads seemingly go through the roof, and I don't get it.

Recent examples, R100GSPD's in average condition, fair milage, and no extras, for $7,500 advertised. R80G/S, stock w/o bags, average condition, $8,500. ( no bags, stock tank, not PD tank ) I totally get that R80G/S's are currently hot, rare and all that. Another R80 G/S, w/o matching numbers, plain Jane, $8,000. All these examples stock suspension, shocks, etc.

Basic airheads, R100's, have asking prices north of $5,000. A 78 R100s - $7,500. Even R75's are listed $4,000 plus.

Seems like the floor price for an average airhead is $4000.

I'm bringing this up because it seems that only a few years ago the range for airheads was much lower. A decent R90 or R100, with a little searching, could be had for $2,500-$3,500.

In all fairness airheads are not rare. It's fairly easy to find just about any model for sale on any given day. There's lots of airheads out there compared to say Norton's or classic Ducati's. The people who collect them make up a fairly small fraternity.

Don't get me wrong, I love BMW airheads, simple to work on and a sense of soul. But also, weak, rubbery frames, poor brakes, weak and somewhat unreliable charging systems, and poor suspension.

When I see an average R100GS go for more then a good used R1150GS I just don't get it.

So am I totally wrong here. Are the current prices fair and in keeping with the market? How is it that airheads have gone up so much in price given the horrible economy? What am I missing?
Fair isn't really relevent. As the price goes up the people who own the stuff think it's fair and the people who desire to own think it isn't. As the price goes down the roles get reversed.
I've always bougth vehicles to ride or drive, not as an investment. When I was a teenager I could buy 50's VWs for $100 or less. We had a ball with them. That got ruined when folks decided they were 'investments'. So I moved on.
I'm amazed at the price of 70's Honda inline fours these days. It's not like they're rare, save for a few specific ones, and they never will be, but I see some crazy prices out there. CT90s seem to be getting spendy too. Where the heck are you going to ride that? Ironhead sportsters seem to have taken a jump the last couple years as well.
If you want something specific it can be had. It helps if you can do your own work. Have cash and don't pay more than you can afford. I've seen people sit on an inflated price for over a year waiting for the right sucker to come along. Let 'em wait. Or find something that's not so trendy. Most stuff can be more fun than a barrel of monkeys.
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