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Old 07-30-2013, 11:36 AM   #1
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Advice for parting out R100GS

I've been toying with the idea of parting out my R100GS. It's a good bike and could probably have quite a lot more miles in it (it's at 97K,) but I think I'm ready to move on to something else, and it seems like the market for high mile airheads is very small; meaning they are difficult to sell. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems as though I would get a lot more for it if I part it out. Sure, it will be 100 times more work, but that will give me a project for the winter.

So I'm just starting to think about the process. I guess I should make a list of parts/assemblies, and then try to come up with asking prices that are in the right ballpark. Problem is, for a lot of the stuff, I just don't know what the right ballpark is. I might have to do a whole bunch of research to see what others are asking.

Any advice is appreciated. Anything from "don't do it" to "here's how to do it."

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Old 07-30-2013, 12:02 PM   #2
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I vote for "don't do it". I'd only part out something I hated.
If it's a solid, running bike that has served you loyally I'd say send it on down the road in one piece.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:03 PM   #3
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I dunno about parting it out, but you could spend a little bit to make it more $$, as long as you need a project for the winter, and sell it whole to somebody. That would be my personal opinion. I wouldnt hold it against yas, of course. Parts is parts
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:14 PM   #4
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If you're going to part it out the best way is to ebay the parts. If you're honest about the mileage the parts probably wont fetch too much money.

Now if you shipped it to Europe it's probably still worth $2500 as it is.

I'm curious why you think it isn't worth doing anything with it. It doesn't take too much time and effort to clean them up and sort the out so it's got to be a viable project for somebody else.
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:17 PM   #5
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I've gone both routes (parting out and refreshing) and this is my personal experience, which might only be valid for europe.
The thing with parting out is, 10% of the parts is in demand and will sell right away, 20% will sell within reasonable time, 20% will take al long breath and the other 50% will clutter your garage untill you give it away or throw it out. Consider if those 30% most popular parts are enough to put up with the other 70%. Not just moneywise, also in time/effort/storage, just do some math and be realistic (pestimistic.)
So, personally, if she isn't worn and tired beyond hope: I'd make her look pretty and fix her up to be a good ride. Which might be as much work but you'll get a better price and only have to stick up with 1 transaction and probably a few tyrekickers coming by. Instead of countless mails*, waiting for answers, waiting for money, multiple postoffice runs and who knows what else.

* Each and every part/buyer will demand some kind of attention, that's a lot of attention to be given!
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:22 PM   #6
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I've been toying with the idea of parting out my R100GS. It's a good bike and could probably have quite a lot more miles in it (it's at 97K,)
R100GS is a very desirable bike with high resale values. normally one see older RT type airheads for $2,500+ range in running condition. seldom will you see R100GS for less than $3,500.

any R100GS in good running condition will bring more than that. 97k miles is just getting started on airheads. but maintenance will be needed.

post your bike for cheap on flea .. and watch it disappear.
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:26 PM   #7
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R100GS is a very desirable bike with high resale values. normally one see older RT type airheads for $2,500+ range in running condition. seldom will you see R100GS for less than $3,500.

any R100GS in good running condition will bring more than that. 97k miles is just getting started on airheads. but maintenance will be needed.

post your bike for cheap on flea .. and watch it disappear.
I agree that it would be a shame to part it - However, it you really must then let me know if you've got a solo seat for it that you want to part with...
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:03 PM   #8
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I have had 15 r100gs, ranging from regular ones to PD ones that are showroom with extremely low miles to beaters to well taken care of ones with high miles that you would never know.

My experience has been that the high mileage ones do not sell well. Its the one common haggling variable buyers love to play. Even if you have 3-4 inch stack of records and tons of accessories to follow.

To part out a GS it will take time, patience and management skills. However you will help those who need parts to keep their bikes running. At the end of the day(couple months) if your bike is in good shape, you can part out to get round $2500-3000. If you are a professional you will get $3500 and more.
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:18 PM   #9
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I've gone both routes (parting out and refreshing) and this is my personal experience, which might only be valid for europe.
The thing with parting out is, 10% of the parts is in demand and will sell right away, 20% will sell within reasonable time, 20% will take al long breath and the other 50% will clutter your garage untill you give it away or throw it out. Consider if those 30% most popular parts are enough to put up with the other 70%. Not just moneywise, also in time/effort/storage, just do some math and be realistic (pestimistic.)
So, personally, if she isn't worn and tired beyond hope: I'd make her look pretty and fix her up to be a good ride. Which might be as much work but you'll get a better price and only have to stick up with 1 transaction and probably a few tyrekickers coming by. Instead of countless mails*, waiting for answers, waiting for money, multiple postoffice runs and who knows what else.

* Each and every part/buyer will demand some kind of attention, that's a lot of attention to be given!
+1. That's pretty much been my experience too. The crap part isn't parting it, it's selling it. Unless you're just getting rid of a parts bike you're done with, it's a LOT easier and more fun to become the PO. And you don't have to feel like you just shot Old Yeller.
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:03 PM   #10
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I agree that it would be a shame to part it - However, it you really must then let me know if you've got a solo seat for it that you want to part with...
not mine .. but once the most desirable parts are gone.. you'd be left with hassles of selling rest of bike.

to me my time is worth way more than hassles of parting a bike out. but since R100GS is one of the more desirable airheads. it's questionable if one will make more parting it out.

for a less desirable airhead like say R100RT with full fairing. I've seen very nice RT type airheads sell for $2,500 to $3,500 range. folks after R100GS and R80G/S airheads are seeing less choices with higher prices.

it's getting common to see R100GS sell for $4k+ range in rode really hard condition. R80G/S are flat getting hard to find in any condition. starting to see $5k+ for trashed out R80G/S.

doing a national craigslist search used to yield 6 to 10 R80G/S for sale all over USA. now that same search barely yields 1-2 R80G/S for sale. with fully restored/ultra low miles R80G/S go for $10k+..
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:00 PM   #11
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:02 PM   #12
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we need pic's ... your bike could be so trashed .. best thing might be to part it out ... or still looks pretty darn good to where it'd sell quick...
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It's a good bike and could probably have quite a lot more miles in it (it's at 97K,)
I say.....................Let it live a long & prosperous life all in one piece!
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:32 PM   #14
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It's not trashed, or in need of anything

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we need pic's ... your bike could be so trashed .. best thing might be to part it out ... or still looks pretty darn good to where it'd sell quick...
The bike is in good shape. I mean, it's 20 years old with 97K on it, so it's not looking new, but it's a solid bike. I wasn't thinking of parting it because it's trashed, or even has any problems. I'm just trying to maximize my investment in it because every penny counts towards getting whatever I get next. Sounds like it's probably not a good idea to part it.

I just got in a fender bender with it, most of the damage was to me (broken leg/ankle.) The right exhaust header needs replacing, and it's got some new scrapes on the crash bar, so it came out OK. That wasn't the reason I was thinking of parting it. I would like to get $3800 for it, and I think that might be difficult, buyers will be thinking about the accident and the milage.

It sounds like I wouldn't make any more parting it and I'd end up with a bunch of stuff sitting around.
Can find a whole bunch of bad photos of it here:
http://jbemel.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...299925_rDMzb2/
It's actually looking better than in those photos, replaced pushrod seals this spring and cleaned off most of the oil residue and it got a good wash.
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:36 PM   #15
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The bike is in good shape. I mean, it's 20 years old with 97K on it, so it's not looking new, but it's a solid bike. I wasn't thinking of parting it because it's trashed, or even has any problems. I'm just trying to maximize my investment in it because every penny counts towards getting whatever I get next. Sounds like it's probably not a good idea to part it.

I just got in a fender bender with it, most of the damage was to me (broken leg/ankle.) The right exhaust header needs replacing, and it's got some new scrapes on the crash bar, so it came out OK. That wasn't the reason I was thinking of parting it. I would like to get $3800 for it, and I think that might be difficult, buyers will be thinking about the accident and the milage.

It sounds like I wouldn't make any more parting it and I'd end up with a bunch of stuff sitting around.
Can find a whole bunch of bad photos of it here:
http://jbemel.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...299925_rDMzb2/
It's actually looking better than in those photos, replaced pushrod seals this spring and cleaned off most of the oil residue and it got a good wash.
if everything is in good solid reliable riding condition for a fly n ride.

your price expectation is low for a fully farkled out R100GS, even with 97k miles. too many instances of folks going RTW with 200k+ miles.. could be wrong, but at $3,800 on flea, someone will claim this R100GS.

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