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Old 07-26-2013, 07:14 AM   #1
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R 69S Barn Find 9000?

Am I missing something here? Will this actually sell for anywhere near $9000?

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/mcy/3947124655.html
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:18 AM   #2
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Seems like the guy selling it doesn't agree with the price either.
"Price is firm, unfortunately"
He's probably selling it for someone else.
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:36 AM   #3
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:46 AM   #4
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Or his wife is making him sell the bike. "Yeah, sure, honey. I'll sell it ASAP." Later on down the road: "Sorry honey, but I just couldn't get any takers!"
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:31 AM   #5
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Those bikes are getting more and more rare but at this point in time,..... he's dreaming. And that's not a good dream either.
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:00 AM   #6
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He had me going for a minute. High, yes. But I was thinking it may be worth a try. These things are becoming uber rare. Then there's the line, "Engine is locked up." That's a deal breaker for me.

It's OK. I didn't want to go to Chicago anyway.
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:05 AM   #7
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Yeah, the seized engine is what got me.
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:07 AM   #8
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Nothing is rare about that bike, let alone "super rare"
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:48 AM   #9
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Nothing is rare about that bike, let alone "super rare"
a 69S? They're getting pretty darn hard to come by and pretty darn expensive. I think the price on this one will be very fair in a few years time (maybe not seized up, though)
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:00 AM   #10
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R69s

There was a R69S on Ebay that was dissasembled (i.e.Basket case)
that sold for around $8500.
Another couple R60/2 I saw recently for $6K w/ a bad engine
another total basket for $3600 firm.

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Old 07-26-2013, 10:24 AM   #11
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The R69S is not an R60/2. I found 3 or 4 for sale R69S bikes. For a running bike the lowest price was $14,500. Another in Chicago wanted $25K The prices on these bikes has doubled in the last 10 years. I think there are a lot of them. They are parked and not for sale. Pretty soon nobody will be able top ride his R69S bike. It will be worth too much.

Did see see R60/2 bikes for less than $3,000. Running.
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:57 AM   #12
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Did see see R60/2 bikes for less than $3,000. Running.
I'd be my dream to find one in town for that.
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:58 AM   #13
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Bluhduh

There were a total of 11,000 R69S's made.
Rare? Compared to almost any year/model of Japanese bike built after 1960, or any modern BMW, yes.
But they're out there for anyone who really wants one.
I have two; a wreck with a good motor and a good rolling chassis with no motor, so one good bike with non-matching numbers.
The matching numbers on that one is the only "sales point" of any value that applies to it.
The heavy coat of dirt suggests it's had a hard life, and being in Illinois, means that there's probably a lot more rust under that dirt than the seller is aware of.

Here's what I think a $9000 bike should look like.


Mine, all shined up for the camera. I probably have about $9000 invested in it since I bought it in 1990, incuding the original $1600 for the two basket cases that contributed to building it.
Looks good from a distance, but won't stand up to close scrutiny, there are many subtle flaws.
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:06 AM   #14
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The R69S is not an R60/2. I found 3 or 4 for sale R69S bikes. For a running bike the lowest price was $14,500. Another in Chicago wanted $25K The prices on these bikes has doubled in the last 10 years. I think there are a lot of them. They are parked and not for sale. Pretty soon nobody will be able top ride his R69S bike. It will be worth too much.

Did see see R60/2 bikes for less than $3,000. Running.
They are never going to reach that point.
I have several friends who own various models of Vincent who ride them regularly. One of them, a Black Shadow brought $76,000 at a Mid-America auction in Monterey several years ago.
The owner let me ride it a week before the auction.

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Old 07-26-2013, 11:42 AM   #15
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I've seen this go across CL a couple times. As of right now it's just a filthy bike with a seized engine, and those aren't hard to find. Having an honest-to-god title is a nice surprise.

What it needs isn't necessarily hard, but it's going to be hella expensive.
If I had to buy an R69S or I would surely die, this would one of the few mechanical instances where I'd just go buy a decently nice one. Probably cost the same all said and done, and somebody else can gather the parts and deal with the frustration and tetanus.
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