Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southern Oregon
I sold two bikes last month, depending on your area I suppose, there are so many bikes for sale on Craigslist, Cycle Trader, Auto Trader, etc, it can take a while. A Yamaha XVS1300 that the previous owner had dressed up with all kinds of Kuryakyn chrome, Mustang seat, passing lamps, original and aftermarket exhaust, etc, etc. I didn't pay for all that when I bought it from him, and sure didn't get much more $$ for it all when it sold, BUT, it made the bike stand out from the dozens of others on listings. Same with my 2012 DL650. Givi luggage, heated grips, etc, couple thousand dollars worth, most things on it a rider would want, it draws attention to it, away from naked bikes for not a lot less $. You should get some return on add ons, just not more than 1/3 or 1/2. Definitely more interest. When I shopped for my used DL1000 for instance, I wouldn't look at anything without luggage, it's one of the biggest expenses,and I didn't want to have to purchase them new.
I figured out years ago, selling then buying, then selling bikes loses money every time. But, I sure enjoy having owned and ridden lots of bikes over the years... it's just money, as opposed to a passion, right ?