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post #1 of 24 Old 11-08-2012, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Defarkle before selling? Or not.....

I am planning to sell my 05 DL1000 this winter, or spring. I have a lot of nice farkles on it, and am wondering what the collective would advise. Take em off and sell the bike more or less stock, and the farkles separately? Or try to find a buyer that wants it as is, and can see the value in getting the bike "fully loaded" so to speak.

To give an idea of the add ons:

Corbin seat
HID headlights
LED running lights
Racetech Gold emulators
the big Happy Trails bags
crash bars
highway pegs
cruise control both manual and electronic
Madstad windshield bracket and mirror extenders
dual heat trollers
power outlets
brake light flashers with extra LED's
Givi trunk mount plate (keeping the trunk)
PC III Power Commander

I think that's about it. I know it's a lot of work to de farkle, but I hate to throw it all in for a new owner that may not want that stuff, or be willing to see the value.
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post #2 of 24 Old 11-08-2012, 07:19 PM
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Corbin Seat

has value and easy to remove etc.
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post #3 of 24 Old 11-08-2012, 07:38 PM
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Selling separately will put more money in your pocket.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014+ DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012+ DL650s

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post #4 of 24 Old 11-08-2012, 07:57 PM
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I agree with Greywolf, and as your miserable Minnesota winter sets in you will have plenty to keep you busy as you take stuff off. As I have added a few thousand dollars to my bike over the years, part of my justification () has been I can always sell stuff if I can't move it over to a new bike. I think you will find a market for just about anything between here and the ADV forum.

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post #5 of 24 Old 11-08-2012, 08:04 PM
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If some pieces are transferable maybe consider keeping them... but honestly a PCIII and other things that have wires running everywhere leave it be... farkles to me are good reasons to pay some extra on top of the asking price if they are done well. I got lucky with mine as the PO LowAndSilent had everything I would have wanted to put on the bike and wiring was very clean.

To each their own but to me taking farkles off the bike is like asking if you could sell pieces off your wife or partner...

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post #6 of 24 Old 11-08-2012, 08:29 PM
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Take some, leave some... I would agree that anything connected to the wiring harness should stay simply because of possible electrical problems that might be caused by removing them (open splices could corrode for the new owner etc; )

Take off everything else as long as it doesn't leave chipped or scratched paint showing... then offer it to the prospective buyer for an extra cost. Make the guy or girl a deal on it though if it they take it all. I'm sure you're not trying to recoup purchase price... just not take a total loss.

Oh, and you should probably leave anything you had to drill holes for.

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post #7 of 24 Old 11-08-2012, 08:33 PM
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My 2 cents worth, 2fast...
I usually de-farkel, (at least the gaudy stuff).
A lot of the mods we do simply can't reasonably be undone, but the luggage, odd electronic gizmos, trick foot pegs, etc... all come off and the stock parts go back on.
Makes selling the bike more attractive to a wider audience of buyers. (I think )

However, That's an impressive farkel list you have!
Seems most of the things you listed would probably be simpler to leave on the bike.

BTW: What will the "new" bike be?


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post #8 of 24 Old 11-08-2012, 09:24 PM
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I would probably take off the easy stuff and sell it seperately.
On the other hand one might calculate the value hou are likely to receive and at least try selling it as a package adding that value to the bikes value. Most people seem to expect add ons to be a gimmee but some can see a little farther than that. If it doesnt work you can still go the other way.

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post #9 of 24 Old 11-08-2012, 11:46 PM
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First, offer the bike fully farkled at a suitable price. If no takers, go to work.

Does installation of the Gold Valves (not emulators on the Vee) require modification to the original dampers? If so, leave them on.

Leave on the PC III, 'cuz the bike runs so much better.
Leave on the crash bars--add half their value to the price.

Remove anything else you want to bother removing.

One bike seller I bought a bike from had most of his farkles removed, cleaned, set on a table near the bike with individual prices listed. It was clear that the bike was separate from the other stuff. I bought some and left some. We both were satisfied.

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post #10 of 24 Old 11-09-2012, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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I appreciate all the feedback

Maybe I will try PTRider's approach and see if it will sell for an acceptable price as is. I suppose a few weeks on the market will tell. If not, I can subtract some parts and some $$.

Electrojake, I am thinking of moving to an FJR. The Vstrom has been great, I love the power, and it is REALLY comfortable for me. The problem is, I fell in love with electric windshields. Dumb, I know, but it is a great feature. That, and most of my riding is highway or byway, but little dirt. I may add back in a Wee down the road a bit cause I love the strommen.
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