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post #1 of 13 Old 11-19-2013, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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No time to ride, selling the Wee

It's a sad day here, folks. It's been a few years since I've been a regular contributor here, and more than that since I've ridden regularly. Since I had kids, my ride time has diminished considerably, and my bills have, naturally, gone up. The wife wants to see more bills paid off and more space in the garage.
So other than listing it here, which I have, does anyone have advice for 1.) getting the best price? 2.) reaching the largest audience?

I know I should wait until Spring, but I'm trying my luck now. I've done Craigslist, not sure if I should try eBay.

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post #2 of 13 Old 11-19-2013, 09:34 PM
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post #3 of 13 Old 11-19-2013, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Good idea! Thanks!

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I traded a bike for a Miata because I didn't ride much after I had a child. A year later I had a very similiar bike.

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post #5 of 13 Old 11-19-2013, 10:08 PM
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Almost impossible to sell a bike when the chance of snow is in the air....nobody is lookin' to get a new ride unless you are really desperate, and rock bottom it.

Hold fast, and wait for spring fever to hit - tell the wife it would be foolhardy to sell a bike for half it's value for a 'get some cash now' situation.

But, if you have to, you have to - if you've ever been in that situation, it's an easy choice!

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I had to give up skydiving and flying when my wife got pregnant. (Not that I was actively pursuing my pilot license anyway.)

Since having a kid, I also have not gotten much of a chance to work on my race car or take it out.


Told the wife if she's getting kids and I have to give up recreational activity, I want something outta the deal. Hence I bought a bike.

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post #7 of 13 Old 11-19-2013, 11:37 PM
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I hear ya, man.

22 years ago, when my kids came along, I had to give up a few things like a FREE '68 Barracuda fastback, various hobbies, etc. I only had enough time to ride my MTB in the woods behind my development.

When you hit your mid-life crisis, you probably will be looking at bikes again.

Cycle Trader & Craigslist are good starting places. Watch for scammers.

Farkles do not make much of a difference as to what your bike's book value is, and many buyers don't care much for any add-ons. If you remove all your farkles and post them for sale here and/or advrider, they will be sold quickly.

Suggest you wait until Feb-Mar before selling, when many folks have the fever.

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post #8 of 13 Old 11-20-2013, 09:06 AM
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actually I go opposite

I spend great effort on my boys as each has problems

I often have little time to ride

however

Everyone benefits from my little ride mini vacations

an old 2007 650 is worth what 3K ?, the only real cost is the insurance.

I always say treat your wife like your best friend

If your best friend said no motorcycles?
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One way to get the most bang for your buck is to part out the farkles as well?? Take them off now to make some quick extra cash and get your bike down to stock. Then hold onto the bike until spring and sell it stock. You'll get the most money out of it that way. Farkles always sell well here.

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From your sig line, it appears that you have two bikes. Are you selling both??? I don't care how much time you have to ride unless that time is literally no time, not even one minute. 20 minutes a week may be all you need to maintain your sanity. Sell the bike, no more weekly 20 minute rides, and pretty soon stress and resentment creep into your life, and your relationships with the kids and your wife. That is NOT the way to go.

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