Sorry if this has been addressed in a previous thread, but I'm not very adept at searching.
I'm considering selling my beloved 2007 WeeStrom. I do a lot of two-up riding and would like a newer Wee (Glee?) with ABS. That, and my wife finds Tadpole the ugliest motorcycle on the planet (she really likes the looks of the newer generation). My bike only has 45,000 miles on it, mostly touring. When I mention that to my sport bike and Harley buddies they think I'm crazy expecting to get anything for a bike with such high mileage. I am baffled since we're only talking about 6,500 miles a year. I did some research and KBB says 13,475 is normal mileage for an under 750cc street machine (30,800 for an over 750cc touring bike is their norm). Huh??
So... what would you do? Try to sell it for several hundred under Blue Book or just wait and hope somebody who knows these bikes will come along and not be phased by the mileage? Would leaving most of the farkles on the bike help? Thanks in advance for all your sage advice.
2007 DL650 "Tadpole"
You have to understand that for most people, a motorcycle is a toy. It's rarely ridden and serves only as a phallic projection that allows them to fantasize about exploring the world. However, those people all think they are bad ass riders that lay down a lot of miles, even though they might be doing 1,000 miles a year. To that end, 45,000 miles is a ridiculous amount of miles. I mean, who could possibly rack that many miles up????
Is 45,000 really a lot on a liquid cooled modern motor? Um, no. But to prospective buyers who slot into the above category, it will be.
My suggestion is to strip the bike of farkles, sell them off, then list the bike. You may end up having to sell it at a slight loss to move it, but the sale of the accessories should offset that. Who knows, you might find the 1:10 buyer who isn't a pogue, and he might give you what it's worth...