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Old wing values

Postby maintainer » Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:44 am

I'm considering selling my last project bike but values are so low for these things it's ridiculous. I don't want to give away a nice bike.
I watch Ebay and Craiglist almost daily and the bids are either very low or get no bidding on really nice restored bikes.
I understand these two marketplaces attract cheapskate buyers with a flea market mentality that are looking for a steal but why give something away.
Even oldwing parts especially on forum for sale sections generate little to no interest at give a way prices.

I did get a fair value for my previous 82 GL 1100 at around $3000. but it seems that was not typical.

Anyone out there find a better way or place to sell a Wing?

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Re: Old wing values

Postby NVSB4 » Tue Jul 12, 2016 8:03 am

Yes, we are currently in a buyers market and it will be hard to sell for what you think the bike is worth.
I buy and sell cars on the side and have found the same thing with them.
You either have to wait until you find the right buyer willing to pay your asking price or let it go for the going rate.
I would advertise to as wide a market as possible. Craigslist doesn't usually reach out far enough unless you put the ad in other areas like San Antonio, Austin, DFW, etc.
eBay is better, but you have to be careful about scams and make sure that you put a reserve price.
Selling on a forum that caters to older Wings is probably your best bet as you are reaching a market that already knows and appreciates them.
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Re: Old wing values

Postby OldZX11Rider » Tue Jul 12, 2016 8:36 am

I agree you've got to advertise over a very wide area. There are buyers that want a very nice ready to ride bike but keep getting disappointed.
Traveling a few hundred miles is not going to be that big a deterrent to the right buyer.
I'm in the northwest corner of Arkansas. I found my current bike not too far from Memphis, Tennessee. I had also found one near Emporia, Kansas, but it sold the same day I sold my Shadow. I also bought a bike in the Dodge City, Kansas area years ago.
Just don't give up, expand your advertising and say why yours cost more. ;)
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Re: Old wing values

Postby FM-USA » Tue Jul 12, 2016 11:16 am

An unmolested OEM bike will bring top dollar.
Rebuilt or rehabbed generally begets around 1/4 - 1/3 less. NOT saying your work is sub-par, it's the buyers who simply don't know your quality.
If you have several examples to show, that be a different story.

Maybe think of yourself as a buyer of the bike and ask questions, that might help you rewrite your advert.
As for me, if an advert is too wordy, I'll pass it up unless I really want it and want info.

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Re: Old wing values

Postby flogger » Tue Jul 12, 2016 2:33 pm

Some bikes have a lot more collector's value, but as good as a Wing is, it is not one of them... they made lots, they are reliable and you can ride it for a long time... other than that, it depreciates...

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