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Old 03-03-2013, 04:31 PM   #1
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Where to buy a used F700/800 BMW? Impossible!

I've been thinking about getting a BMW. Want either a 650, or 700 or 800. Used. I've seen a decent selection of used Sertao's around, but blimy, if its not hard to find a used F700/800GS.

Are they not that common in the first place, or do people never part with them once they buy them?

And, if they are sold, second hand, somewhere in the North East (I live in NYC), then please let me know.

Thanks
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:56 PM   #2
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Here http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=865540
and here
http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/machine/machine.aspx
or ask Loph to sell you his
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:05 PM   #3
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Max BMW always has a huge selection of BMW's...
http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/machine/machine.aspx

(I didn't look for anything specific, but wasn't sure if you were aware of their shops, since you are new around here.)
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:14 PM   #4
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Chattanooga, TN not in the northeast.


But yeah, agree on Max, that's where I bought my used F650GS a few years ago. Which I sold not all that long ago..... with about 1/4 the mileage of that one in Chattanooga..... (hehehe)
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:57 PM   #5
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I've been thinking about getting a BMW. Want either a 650, or 700 or 800. Used. I've seen a decent selection of used Sertao's around, but blimy, if its not hard to find a used F700/800GS.

You need to be willing and able to go to where the bike is
if you want to buy a specific bike which is not common.


http://www.adhuntr.com/2012/05/all.h...dr=a&sa=Search


I've gone from NC to NV, NC to VT, and NC to FL to buy bikes.
It's not difficult, and can be done in the space of a single weekend
if time constraints are an issue. You can bring the bike back in a
truck, or in a trailer or ride it or have it shipped.



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Old 03-03-2013, 06:03 PM   #6
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You need to be willing and able to go to where the bike is
if you want to buy a specific bike which is not common.
I doubt the bikes he is looking for are rare enough to be worth going very far for.

Not worth the cost either.
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:08 PM   #7
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I had already looked at Max's. Seems they have the largest selection of second hand beemers around. They have 6 recent Sertao's for example. But, they have literally 0 F700s or 800s. They have one "coming soon" and one "sale pending".

The "coming soon" used one is 11k, because its 2013:
http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/mac...s.aspx?ID=4967

Which is the same price as the brand new ones!

I'll look at the Flea Market, but I'm still coming up short, and still wondering about my original questions - maybe just not many are sold, and because they are in between the 650 entry level bikes and the 1200 bikes which a lot of new people also buy, they are generally bought by people who are specifically looking for them?
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:49 PM   #8
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I had already looked at Max's. Seems they have the largest selection of second hand beemers around.


It looks like a lot of the supply of used bikes such as you are seeking
( in your local area ) have been taken in on trade by dealers ( e.g. Max ).
Dealers often mark the used bikes up to what may be an unacceptable price,
and that pushes the buyer toward a new bike, which most likely works in the
dealer's favor. If the dealer has plenty of capital to work with or a nice arrangement
with his lending institution, he won't be under the same sort of pressure to "deal" as
an individual seller might. All of which works against you when you look at used bikes for
sale at such a dealer.


If you're patient, and you post a bunch of WTB ads, you can probably come up
with a bike which suits your requirements in the next 60 days or so. What is in
your favor is that you can pay significantly more for a bike than a dealer will ever pay
for a trade-in, so the idea is to catch the guy who is willing to trade his used bike to a dealer and
offer him a bit more than trade value and buy his bike.


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Old 03-03-2013, 06:52 PM   #9
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My friend just bought a 800 locally. You need to be diligent in your search and not be afraid to travel. Keep searching Craigslist, Ebay, ADV ads, etc. It's all apart of the adventure!
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:57 PM   #10
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I doubt the bikes he is looking for are rare enough to be worth going very far for.

Not worth the cost either.

The rarity seems to be a problem as cited by the OP,
and indeed it doesn't look like there are a lot of 800
GS bikes out there for sale used.


Whether the cost of traveling to buy the right bike is
"worth" the expense is something only the OP can
answer, and I won't attempt to second-guess what
arrangements will or won't be "worth the trouble" to the OP.


I had some nice trips going to get the bikes I traveled to buy, and
part of the bike's history with me involves memories of the trip to
buy it. It was all part of the fun, including waiting for a shipped bike
to arrive and being so excited when it did arrive that I rode around
in the cold until I couldn't feel my hands any more. That bike means
a lot more to me than the very same bike would have if I'd bought it
from a dealer five miles away. Difficulty during achievement of goals
makes achievement of those goals just that much sweeter. After all,
we are "adventure riders", not "convenience riders" ...


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Old 03-04-2013, 08:39 AM   #11
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there's an F800 here: http://www.redlinect.com/index.php

Call them.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:39 PM   #12
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Inmate bpken11 had his '09 for sale last fall. I don't know if he ever sold it though. I see he hasn't logged into ADV since mid-January.

I rode with him last summer. The bike was immaculate.
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:12 AM   #13
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Went to BMW of Manhattan yesterday and test rode the F800 and the Sertao. Loved the 800, but its a bit too peppy for me. Maybe for my next bike!

Got the '12 Sertao. Got a good deal on it with OEM rebate, plus picking up last years model.

Now I need to dodge work so I can use it - looks sunny right now.
And then the long road of adding farkles!

Hope to see some of you on the road

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Old 03-05-2013, 11:25 AM   #14
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Good choice. I have one, probably see you around the way. Enjoy..
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:05 PM   #15
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Rode a couple of hundred miles out in central NJ yesterday and today, getting used to the bike. Yesterday was sunny and a blast, this afternoon was grey and windy. Coming back into Manhattan with huge gusts was fun.

Very happy with the bike, although I do need to install the GPS on it, so I can work out where i'm going.
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