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post #1 of 8 Old 01-10-2014, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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Question Price check on a stock '09 Wee with some (hopefully) minor drop damage?

Hi gang,

I've been talking with a guy who posted this on craigslist,

It's an '09 with about 12,000 miles. New battery, new rear tire. He's asking $3000.

He claims he dropped it twice at low speed (5-8 mph) but the only damage is scratched fairings and a broken mirror mount. I'm extremely dubious, though, as I basically got him to admit he lied in his CL post where he states it was only dropped in his driveway once. He's got me on high alert - anything more subtle I should be on the lookout for when I go check it out that would indicate a more serious crash?

Does $3000 seem like a fair price, factoring in some new fairings and a mirror bracket? Anything particularly spotty about the '09 Wees that I should look closely for when I go check it out?

Thanks a lot in advance, folks!
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-10-2014, 10:35 AM
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I paid 3500 3-4 years ago for an 04. I'd say 3000 is a good price.
Why on earth would you worry about a bit of a scratch on a dual sport bike that may see dirt roads?
Then again, there are those who just love that pristine look to their possessions.
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I'm not really worried about a couple of scratched fairings - I'm more concerned that maybe this guy is lying to me and it could have more serious layover damage that a novice like myself wouldn't see - bent forks or frame, cracked welds, etc. , that would really affect the safety of the bike and need costly repairs, or maybe make a scrap heap all together.

I don't need things to be pristine, but I'd probably replace the fairings if I bought it. I live in northern NJ where we really don't have much in the way of (legal) off roading, and so I don't plan on adding to those scuffs any time soon!
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Its a suspiciously good price. If I understand you correctly that you want to replace the scuffed fairings??? To each their own, but talk about wasted money. If they're destroyed...cracked, than sure. Just ride it, examine it... or have someone competent do a thorough checkup on it. I'd venture to say a goodly portion of us have dropped our bikes. Myself included, and theyre still fine. They aren't dainty.

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So...did you end up buying it? Seemed like an almost-too-good-to-be-true price...or I'm paying too much for my '07...

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So...did you end up buying it? Seemed like an almost-too-good-to-be-true price...or I'm paying too much for my '07...

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The guy refused to show it to me without having cash in hand, and just sort of gave me a sketchy vibe, so I passed on it.

I wound up driving out to Pittsburgh last month and buying a '06 Wee from a forum member here, Rastawheel, decked out in farkles (sargent seat, airhawk, bashplate, heated grips, hand guards, throttle lock, upgraded shocks, engine guards, givi screen, motech quick connect pelican panniers and topbox) for $3200. It has some mileage on it (35K?), and some minor cosmetic damage, but I still think I got a really good deal! Here she is next to my old bike, sans side cases.
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I think it's a good price but would have a good mechanic check it out for you and ask for maintenance records and prior ownership etc.

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I think it's a good price but would have a good mechanic check it out for you and ask for maintenance records and prior ownership etc.
He got it already, a month ago.

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