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Old 05-11-2013, 04:43 AM   #31
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I had to sell my beloved '83 XL600R 2 years ago, since I bought the Aprilia you see in my avatar. I only had room for 2 bikes, and I figured selling the 600 would help with the cost of the Aprilia more than selling the old beater 79 XL250.

My good buddy has been without a bike for a few years, because he sold his SV650 to fund a home business, but wants to get back into it. We agree that the bike is worth about $1,400, but he will get the friends and family 50% discount, on the condition that I get first dibs if he ever sells it. I load it up, and make the 2 hour trek to his place.

It was about 112 degrees that day. If you have ever started on of these old thumpers, you know they can be a bear. He tries a few times, and gives me the look of someone who is about to back out of a deal. So I give him the step by step instructions to do the "XL technique". He runs through the steps, and whamo! Fired on the first try! Big smiles all around, and he's running it up and down the parking lot.

He rides it as a daily driver for a year. During that time, his young son became interested in dirt biking, and got a little 110 4-stroke. Eventually, the little guy was giving dad a run for his money on MX tracks, so he decides to upgrade to a 250 2-stroke so he can keep up. Jumping at the chance to buy an XL600 for only $700, I make the trip to buy back the bike. As a double bonus, his co-worker bought my old beater XL250, so my space problem resolves itself, and my buddy has tuned up the XL so it runs better than it ever had!

Present day: My wife is getting her license, and needs a lighter dual sport with electric start, so I need to sell the XL again. My buddy gets wind of this, and says he may be interested in buying it once again. This is getting ridiculous! I tell you, those old thumpers are addictive.
I still miss my plated XR650R.....sold to finance a six month sabbitical surfing and fishing on the Carolina Outer Banks.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:14 AM   #32
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I wanted a DS for years. For my 40th, wife says she will buy me one. I find a 2 yr old DRZ400S on CL for a decent price. I check it out and its flawless. Bike was used by older guy to ride in a field with the grandkids. Needless to say it came home with me.

Fast forward 2 yrs and I make the mistake of riding a KTM 530. DRZ is great bike but I never realized how fat it was. Started shopping in earnest. I stumbled across a 450XCW on CL 3 hours away with a damn good price. It was just listed within 1/2 hour of me seeing it. I call the guy and talk to him. The bike was 2 yrs old with 14 hrs on it. It was too big for him to ride being vertically challenged. My friend says GO GET IT NOW. I follow his advice and the rest is history.
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:35 PM   #33
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I had a very positive buying experience with my bike. I was casting a wide net for an 1150GS and found a craigslist ad in San Francisco (1000 miles south of me). There wasn't too much detail in the ad, but the price was right if no red flags turned up. I called and a very nice widow answered. She was selling the bike (her husband's) after he died (non-motorcycle related). She didn't know much about it, but after having her look closely at it and asking very pointed questions I found that it had Ohlins shocks front and rear, nice custom saddle, lots of other aftermarket parts, and full service history from the dealer since new. I told her I'd take it and she said she'd hold it for me so I bought a plane ticket and was there a couple days later. She picked me up at the airport and we had a nice conversation about riding and stuff.

She had taken it to the dealer and had them go through it carefully to make sure it was all ready for a 1000 mile trip home. At her house, she sold me (at very good prices) a full set of armored riding gear, a nice Shoei helmet, and threw in all the extras she could find. I am apparently the same size as her husband (another nice thing because it told me the shocks and custom saddle were likely set up correctly for me).

Anyway, I could go on, but suffice it to say that this was a 100% positive buying experience. Oh, and the ride home up the coast was phenomenal!
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:09 AM   #34
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I paid a few hundred more for one of my Ducati 900SS's than we negotiated, once I saw the bike. Seller had at least $500 in extras so I still feel like I got a great deal, and he was looking for work and I knew he needed it more than I did. I've only had one really horrible experience buying a bike, a R100RS that turned out to be a /7 with a jury-rigged and badly damaged RS fairing, shredded wiring harness, and would barely turn over by hand much less run on its own. Seller was completely unrepentant and basically admitted he scammed me and told me to f-off. He was a musician from New Orleans, who apparently lost everything he had in Katrina, so I guess karma really works. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:19 AM   #35
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Bought an FZ1 from an inmate here last year. Great price, great condition, threw in some goodies after the sale. All around a good experience. Every other engine driven gadet I have bought from people unknown to me as been a shit show.
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:36 AM   #36
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I have made several bike deals over the years, and a few from members here. Sold my VTR250 and took it all the way to Ill. Meet up in the wee hours of the morning. Then made a trade for a KLX250 in Tn. on the same trip. Also on that trip picked up a 1988 Hawk GT. All the transactions went really well.

I did try to find my 950 Adventure here, but ended up finding it on e-bay classifieds instead.

Sold my Nighthawk-S to a member here as well he is about 5 hours away but still stays in touch as well.
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:44 AM   #37
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I had just purchased my Beta and my WR250R wasn't getting ridden anymore. I was reading through the WR250R mega thread and saw an inmate about an hour away looking to buy one. I PM'd him with details and price. it was a bit higher than he was looking to spend, but the bike was nice, well worth it. I PM'd him some teaser photos. A couple of days later he drove down, paid my asking price and picked it up. Nice guy, talented rider, and we both got what we wanted. Selling on Advrider is the best.
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:28 PM   #38
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Bought my KLR650 from a CrackList ad on December 31, 2011.

I asked him to ride it up and down the street a few times to demonstrate that it ran, paid his wife the very reasonable asking price in cash and loaded it up on my trailer. A stellar example of a 100% no-bullshit transaction, and a great contrast to the several other KLRs I TRIED to buy in the weeks before.


I also got a great off-season deal on my Vee in the ADV flea market from a gent in Michigan. We emailed back and forth, talked on the phone, and I bought it sight unseen for the asking price. The bike was 100% as described -- the guy was honest to a fault. My one regret is that he was called in to work when we were on the way, so I didn't get to meet him in person (his wife handled the paperwork). Probably a good thing -- we would have been yapping for a couple of hours, and I needed to get on the road.
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:13 PM   #39
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I'm not a cruiser guy, but when push came to shove to find some form of transportation to and from work after the 1999 F-150 developed the expected head gasket leak, and I kept missing out on the few little cars that might fit in the available driveway space and that I could afford and want, I scanned Craigslist again for a car. No deals were on, so out of curiosity I checked the motorcycle ads that day (which I didn't normally do - I didn't really want a bike down here in south Florida).

A 1997 Vulcan 800 was advertised for $600, with 10,500 on the odometer... but not running.

Well, what the hell - I had the truck with me, and at the end of my shift was close to it, so I went to check it out.

Long story short, what i didn't know that night was that everything that was rubber was degraded (chain o-rings, Metzler 880 tires - even though they looked like they had new tread, turn signal stalks, you name it).

The guy assured me it would run well, and had three successive babies and just hadn't been riding it. The carb jets were clogged and the float was trashed.

I agreed to buy it, so we loaded up the bike into the truck before heading inside to finish out the cash, receipt and title. Once loaded into the truck, though, I had a problem - I didn't have a second tie-down strap.

The now previous-owner told me to stay on the bike until he came back. He came back with a tie-down that he was using on his last toy - an old jet ski. On the way in he said that he'd like a little for his last good tie-down strap since it was all he had.

Once inside and sitting on the couch they were expecting less than asking price (of course... who doesn't... especially for a non-runnng bike?). I even think it was them who sheepishly suggested $500 for it - maybe expecting me to counter with $400?

Instead, I counted out $500, laid it down, then only having $100 bills... laid the last $100 down. The wife asked what that was for. I told them them that if what he said about the bike running fine was true, that I'm sure I'd enjoy it, and that I hoped that the $100 over what they asked me for was enough to cover for the tie-down strap. It was a leap of faith on my part because for all I knew it could have had a blown motor. On the other hand it was an 800cc bike, and a full-sized one at that (Kawasaki basically started making really full-sized bikes with 800cc motors in them when everyone else was making smaller cruisers for the smaller motors... which was fine for women...) that wasn't 1980's vintage for $600.

So... $600, plus two chains (I bought the wrong sized chain at first based on one single website's wrong info, but kept it anyway in the hopes I'd eventually have a motorcycle that it would fit... which was part of the impetus for buying the EX500, ), tires, turn signals, etc.

The positive thing is that it did run, wasn't a blown motor, and that the bike served me well until I decided to part ways with it. It was never my style, never my scene, and I was never really comfortable on it (in an ergonomic way - as far as pushing it to its limits and doing some amazing maneuvering on it to avoid crashes with traffic that cars caused... I was totally at one with it).

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Anyway, here it is after picking up tubing and a flat piece of bar to create luggage racks for the other bike:



And, now that I've found it, here it is the day I finally got it running, raced to get a license plate on it, ran out of gas 300 yards from the house, ran back to the house to get a gas can, yada yada yada... after a day like that, and my first day riding in what had been about nine years, I treated myself to pizza - picked up on the bike. Notice the turn signals are still the original ones hanging by their wires. This $600 bike became my daily commuter for, minimally, 320 miles a week, plus anything on top of that for around-town stuff. I have no clue how many miles it has on it now because the speedo stopped working at about 12.5k, and I'm using it so much that I just don't care, nor have to time to fix the speedo cable drive gears in the rear hub.

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Old 05-21-2013, 02:00 PM   #40
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I had to sell my beloved '83 XL600R 2 years ago, since I bought the Aprilia you see in my avatar. I only had room for 2 bikes, and I figured selling the 600 would help with the cost of the Aprilia more than selling the old beater 79 XL250.

My good buddy has been without a bike for a few years, because he sold his SV650 to fund a home business, but wants to get back into it. We agree that the bike is worth about $1,400, but he will get the friends and family 50% discount, on the condition that I get first dibs if he ever sells it. I load it up, and make the 2 hour trek to his place.

It was about 112 degrees that day. If you have ever started on of these old thumpers, you know they can be a bear. He tries a few times, and gives me the look of someone who is about to back out of a deal. So I give him the step by step instructions to do the "XL technique". He runs through the steps, and whamo! Fired on the first try! Big smiles all around, and he's running it up and down the parking lot.

He rides it as a daily driver for a year. During that time, his young son became interested in dirt biking, and got a little 110 4-stroke. Eventually, the little guy was giving dad a run for his money on MX tracks, so he decides to upgrade to a 250 2-stroke so he can keep up. Jumping at the chance to buy an XL600 for only $700, I make the trip to buy back the bike. As a double bonus, his co-worker bought my old beater XL250, so my space problem resolves itself, and my buddy has tuned up the XL so it runs better than it ever had!

Present day: My wife is getting her license, and needs a lighter dual sport with electric start, so I need to sell the XL again. My buddy gets wind of this, and says he may be interested in buying it once again. This is getting ridiculous! I tell you, those old thumpers are addictive.

Update for another positive experience:

My buddy got a very new green stickered dirt bike, and didn't want to buy the XL again, so I posted it on Craigslist. Within 2 hours, I got an email from a guy 3 hours away. He arrived at my house 1/2 hour after I got home, put the cash in my hand for a test ride (without me asking), took it for a ride, and we loaded it up. I even threw in an old bike ramp so he could unload it when he got home. Nice guy, easy deal. I miss the old XL already...
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:35 PM   #41
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I put up a Honda ct110 for sale the other week.
" Been in a fire, its pretty melted. $100. Needs to be gone by Sunday" This was on Thursday. I had 4 calls about it that day. The 3rd guy got sent more pics and told me it needs more work than he thought. I asked what part of ' been in a fire, its pretty melted ' he didn't understand. He got pissy so I hung up.

Caller 4. Sent pics. Rang me 5 minutes later and said " I'll be here tomorrow with cash"

Done. He showed up bang on time with a mate to help load it, tie down straps, cash and a receipt for me.
He asked if I tried to start it. I gave him the classic and he laughed and told me he was only taking the piss.

10 minutes later, my shed has some more space, my wife took the $100 for shoes and everyone was hap-hap-happy.
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Old 05-30-2013, 12:11 AM   #42
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he laughed and told me he was only taking the piss.


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Old 05-30-2013, 08:48 AM   #43
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Old 06-08-2013, 10:39 AM   #44
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I had to sell my beloved '83 XL600R 2 years ago, since I bought the Aprilia you see in my avatar. I only had room for 2 bikes, and I figured selling the 600 would help with the cost of the Aprilia more than selling the old beater 79 XL250.

My good buddy has been without a bike for a few years, because he sold his SV650 to fund a home business, but wants to get back into it. We agree that the bike is worth about $1,400, but he will get the friends and family 50% discount, on the condition that I get first dibs if he ever sells it. I load it up, and make the 2 hour trek to his place.

It was about 112 degrees that day. If you have ever started on of these old thumpers, you know they can be a bear. He tries a few times, and gives me the look of someone who is about to back out of a deal. So I give him the step by step instructions to do the "XL technique". He runs through the steps, and whamo! Fired on the first try! Big smiles all around, and he's running it up and down the parking lot.

He rides it as a daily driver for a year. During that time, his young son became interested in dirt biking, and got a little 110 4-stroke. Eventually, the little guy was giving dad a run for his money on MX tracks, so he decides to upgrade to a 250 2-stroke so he can keep up. Jumping at the chance to buy an XL600 for only $700, I make the trip to buy back the bike. As a double bonus, his co-worker bought my old beater XL250, so my space problem resolves itself, and my buddy has tuned up the XL so it runs better than it ever had!

Present day: My wife is getting her license, and needs a lighter dual sport with electric start, so I need to sell the XL again. My buddy gets wind of this, and says he may be interested in buying it once again. This is getting ridiculous! I tell you, those old thumpers are addictive.



Update for another positive experience:

My buddy got a very new green stickered dirt bike, and didn't want to buy the XL again, so I posted it on Craigslist. Within 2 hours, I got an email from a guy 3 hours away. He arrived at my house 1/2 hour after I got home, put the cash in my hand for a test ride (without me asking), took it for a ride, and we loaded it up. I even threw in an old bike ramp so he could unload it when he got home. Nice guy, easy deal. I miss the old XL already...
As the new owner of the XL this was a very positive buying experience as well! I was a bit leary about driving 3 hours to look at a 30yr old bike just to find out it was trashed, but it was exactly as described and looked better than I expected. It was nice dealing with a couple very friendly & honest people as you don't always get that with a CL deal. And as an added bonus I found out about & joined a great forum in the process.

I don't have any plans to sell the bike, but if things change in the future I'd be happy to sell it back to you again
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Old 06-09-2013, 07:59 AM   #45
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Whoever had my Connie before me really took care of it. It's a 2001 with only 15k miles (had 12k when I got it). K&N airfilter, trickle charger, lotsa farkles. I kinda want to find the guy and thank him.
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