View Poll Results: What are the preferred shopping options

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  • Craigslist

    33 78.57%
  • Newspaper

    1 2.38%
  • EBay

    5 11.90%
  • Cycle Trader

    3 7.14%
  • Motorcycle Store

    2 4.76%
  • Other - please provide below

    14 33.33%
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Thread: Motorcycle Shopping Preferences

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    "...One huge factor is that this is the most frugal, tightfisted bunch of two-wheeled tightwads I've ever seen. I love you all like brothers, but damn, many of you make KLR riders look like drunk lottery winners. I've seen people miss months of prime riding time because they won't buy a $5 multimeter, or skate around all summer on glass-hard ancient rubber because they can't bring themselves to spend $120 on a set of Shinko tires. How many people have wasted entire riding seasons because they insist on farting around with low-rent petcock rebuild kits instead of just ponying up for new petcocks, or won't skip a few lattes and buy intake boots or a stator?"

    Truer words have never been spoken (typed)

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    Craigslist wins for me hands down because it's local and the search and filtering works well. Facebook is useless to me, it has never brought up one thing I've seen that I think's a good deal, and I can't seem to filter much at all (or I can't figure it out?). And by the looks of it, it's scam city. I don't trust buying a bike by pictures. Even bikes I see have hidden surprises sometimes. I have and will continue to score deals on CL that I think are amazing,

    Sorry a bit of bragging but in just the last 15 months this skinflint has gotten

    A $150 Norton 750 desert sled which came with custom striped and lettered oil and gas tanks that are worth 3x that easily for the tanks alone, not to mention the complete bike in pretty decent restorable shape
    A Mr Turbo GS1100E with Bonneville history for $1k
    A sweet Honda '83 750 for $800
    A nice '79 GS1000E for $900
    An all original, running and fairly decent GS1100E for $500.
    Two free GL1100 Goldwings with a rare sidecar frame.

    There's no joining, no nonsense with social media scooping my data. Just be a bit sensible and you can figure out the losers. Oh and speaking of losers, I just lost out on a $1K '72 CB750 with original unrusted 4/4 pipes and beautiful bodywork because I was a dummy and didn't pounce fast enough. And I missed two GPz1100's that were very nice looking, an '82 and '83 for $1200, 2.5 hours away - the guy who called minutes before was on his way already from San Francisco. You have to be quick and smart, and sometimes I'm neither but I do OK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldGSfan View Post
    ...Sorry a bit of bragging but in just the last 15 months this skinflint has gotten....
    Then again, you're in Southern California, which has been the world epicenter of moto-culture for several decades. And I'm sure that's part of the reason you live there!

    Here in the midwest, after you eliminate the 95% of ads that are bots or scams, it's tough to find anything that's not a Harley. There are a few roached/stolen/crashed sportbikes in there. Genuine ads for vintage bikes are fairly rare, and if the bike actually has a title it's the rarest of the rare, and a topic of excited discussion among locals.

    As an example, earlier this year I was in the market for a modern bike (Yamaha FJ-09), and I ended up dragging a trailer 550 miles each way to pick it up when I finally found one within any sort of striking distance on ADVrider.com.
    1983 GS850G, Cosmos Blue.
    2005 KLR685, Aztec Pink - Turd II.3, the ReReReTurdening
    2015 Yamaha FJ-09, Magma Red Power Corrupts...
    Eat more venison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwringer View Post
    Then again, you're in Southern California, which has been the world epicenter of moto-culture for several decades. And I'm sure that's part of the reason you live there!

    Here in the midwest, after you eliminate the 95% of ads that are bots or scams, it's tough to find anything that's not a Harley. There are a few roached/stolen/crashed sportbikes in there. Genuine ads for vintage bikes are fairly rare, and if the bike actually has a title it's the rarest of the rare, and a topic of excited discussion among locals.

    Try it in Milwaukee ---

    LOW mileage Harleys are everywhere -- but they are really proud of them and not cheap
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    True, being myopic. Reminded me of the old line, Q: Why do you rob banks? A: Because that's where the $ is!

    When I visited my dad up in WA, the last town before Canada on the I5, it seemed every other farmhouse had a dozen or more old cars rotting in the yard. I wondered if the barns contained motorcycles.

    Quote Originally Posted by bwringer View Post
    Then again, you're in Southern California, which has been the world epicenter of moto-culture for several decades. And I'm sure that's part of the reason you live there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingsconsin View Post
    Try it in Milwaukee ---

    LOW mileage Harleys are everywhere -- but they are really proud of them and not cheap

    "$5,000 invested in chrome!"

    LOL.
    1983 GS850G, Cosmos Blue.
    2005 KLR685, Aztec Pink - Turd II.3, the ReReReTurdening
    2015 Yamaha FJ-09, Magma Red Power Corrupts...
    Eat more venison.

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    Kijiji, local, provincial or national.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldGSfan View Post
    Craigslist wins for me hands down because it's local and the search and filtering works well. Facebook is useless to me, it has never brought up one thing I've seen that I think's a good deal, and I can't seem to filter much at all (or I can't figure it out?). And by the looks of it, it's scam city. I don't trust buying a bike by pictures. Even bikes I see have hidden surprises sometimes. I have and will continue to score deals on CL that I think are amazing,

    Sorry a bit of bragging but in just the last 15 months this skinflint has gotten

    A $150 Norton 750 desert sled which came with custom striped and lettered oil and gas tanks that are worth 3x that easily for the tanks alone, not to mention the complete bike in pretty decent restorable shape
    A Mr Turbo GS1100E with Bonneville history for $1k
    A sweet Honda '83 750 for $800
    A nice '79 GS1000E for $900
    An all original, running and fairly decent GS1100E for $500.
    Two free GL1100 Goldwings with a rare sidecar frame.

    There's no joining, no nonsense with social media scooping my data. Just be a bit sensible and you can figure out the losers. Oh and speaking of losers, I just lost out on a $1K '72 CB750 with original unrusted 4/4 pipes and beautiful bodywork because I was a dummy and didn't pounce fast enough. And I missed two GPz1100's that were very nice looking, an '82 and '83 for $1200, 2.5 hours away - the guy who called minutes before was on his way already from San Francisco. You have to be quick and smart, and sometimes I'm neither but I do OK.
    Yes, Craigslist is still best. buying or selling locally. Facebook-meh. My experience indicates there's a lot of dreamers sprawled on their couch responding because it's easy. They are less committed to actually buying and can't seem to stoke their adrenal glands to read, comprehend, and make a real world connection to show up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nejeff View Post
    "...One huge factor is that this is the most frugal, tightfisted bunch of two-wheeled tightwads I've ever seen. I love you all like brothers, but damn, many of you make KLR riders look like drunk lottery winners. I've seen people miss months of prime riding time because they won't buy a $5 multimeter, or skate around all summer on glass-hard ancient rubber because they can't bring themselves to spend $120 on a set of Shinko tires. How many people have wasted entire riding seasons because they insist on farting around with low-rent petcock rebuild kits instead of just ponying up for new petcocks, or won't skip a few lattes and buy intake boots or a stator?"

    Truer words have never been spoken (typed)
    Now, that's funny!

    Everyone always talks about how cheap members here are...I can't remember seeing anything worth bringing up.

    I've owned 3 bikes and all were from Craigslist. If they charge now, that's a turn-off...but I would probably fork over the $5 bucks so as not to appear a "cheapo", lol!!!

    Ed

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    EDIT: All the interaction with sellers on CL was great! You could tell who put good effort into trying to sell their bike.

    1st Bike: Dover, DE to Sterling, VA
    2nd: Glen Burnie, MD
    3rd: Palmerton, PA
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    Forums are pretty much unrecognizable conversations; simply because it's a smorgasbord of feedback...from people we don't know. It's not too difficult to ignore the things that need to be bypassed.

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    I just got home from looking at a motorcycle for sale. It was a 1997 Yamaha FJ 1200. Dark blue with gold stripes. It was a beautiful motorcycle... when it was new! This one was a little to scratched up for me. I think it was stolen at one point in its life, and it liked it. It seemed to run good. The fellow selling it was nice. We chatted about motorcycle for a while... Oh, I found it on Craigslist Youngstown.
    My Motorcycles:
    21 Triumph Tiger 900 GT (coming to a town near you)
    16 Yamaha FJR1300 (Probably been to a town near you)
    82 1100e Drag Bike (needs race engine)
    81 1100e Street Bike (with race engine)
    79 1000e (all original)
    82 850g (all original)
    82 750e (parts Bike)
    80 KZ650f (needs restored)

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