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The Motorcycle Market Right Now

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by gene xs, May 18, 2020.

  1. gene xs

    gene xs XS650 Enthusiast

    I'm in Houston and Craigslist has quieted down to a whisper. I have a couple of bikes that I would like to sell, but the middle of a combined pandemic and recession seems like a very bad time to sell. But the boss (my wife) wants me to sell before I buy.

    How is the market out there? The only data point that I have is that my brother at the PA/NY/NJ border picked up a Katana for a song a few weeks back.

    If I need to, I'll just hold on for a while but that's not my first choice.
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  2. 2XSive

    2XSive At least one screw loose behind the handle bars XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I live up in Michigan and it seems more people are using FB Marketplace more than Craigslist. When I went to post a 79XS I had for sale a month ago, Craigslist wanted $5.00 for a 30-day ad. I think it used to be free. I had success selling that 79 on FB Marketplace. Super nice guy drove 5 hours one way from another State to pick it up.
  3. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Huh? I’ve sold a lot of stuff on Craigslist, now there’s a fee? Crap!
    Edit: You know what , this might cut down on something that has been a pet peeve of mine.
    Some guys post a new ad for the same vehicle every day to try and stay at the top of the page.
    Some of these idiots have 20 ads for the same bike.
    Last edited: May 18, 2020
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  4. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I did pretty good, dumping some stuff when the stimulus checks hit. :geek:
    Yes FB has taken over.
    CL is still best for buying.
    Hint use the CL "motorcycle parts" category, listings still free there. ;)
  5. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Grrrr........I deleted all my social media accounts a long time ago.
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  6. halfmile

    halfmile XS Builder XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I have a continuous ad on CL to buy a XS650. Market has completely dried up here in the Plains States. The eastern states are full on them. I don`t use any social media so FB is out for me.:shrug:
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  7. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Getting on without a FB account is getting to be like getting on without internet.
    It’s possible to limit you exposure. Don’t put the app on your phone. Give the minimum information and stay off except what you want and need. Even government entities are using it extensively.

    Don’t be scared!
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  8. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

  9. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I note many many cheesy sellers using a "girlfriend's FB account". I doubt this is accidental.
  10. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Not fear that turned me off of Facebook, I just found people’s behavior on Facebook was off putting.

    Now let me tell you about the unintended consequences of Instagram.

    I Started an Instagram account that was just a photographic record of my XS2 build. I was rather surprised that my account started getting a whole lot of followers from all over the world, especially Japan. Being curious about the people who were following my accounts, I always looked at their accounts to see what they were doing. The Japanese are way into the vintage motorcycle scene, and not just Japanese bikes either, they are very very good at restorations, so I started following a bunch of them. I also noticed I was getting a lot of followers from Indonesia,
    there is a big vintage bike scene going on there as well, mostly old Japanese bikes. So I started following some of those guys.
    Now here is where things started going weird. Instagram tracks you, they follow what you look at and make suggestions for similar posts. As soon as you start following some people, they start following you and you soon get looped into whoever they follow and on and on. I never knew that Indonesia is a predominantly Muslim nation.
    I have no problem with that, most of these guys looked like nice family oriented people. But then I started having some people following my accounts that came from what looked to me to be some radical Muslim accounts. Their accounts were laced with militant political language. If it was jut one, I could think it was just a fluke, but like I said, Instagram starts looping you in with anyone that follows you. It just grows exponentially. More militant Muslims.
    I could’ve blocked them but I really didn’t like how this was looking. With visions of Federal agents busting down my doors and seizing my computers, I deleted all my posts and closed down my account.
    It’s a shame, because there was really some great vintage bike stuff on there.
  11. Greyandridin

    Greyandridin Got nothing to do and all day to do it XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    This is one of my CL reply's to a motorcycle I had up for sale
    am very much interested in this let me know if there is anything wrong with this so i can know what to fix when it is picked
    1.) How much is your final asking price
    2.) can you accept check as payment as i only have check as the payment option
    3.) I am a military man in camp so i cannot come to see in person
    Let me know asap and i will appreciate if you can accept my offer.
    Scam all the way It's easy to pick them out
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  12. 2XSive

    2XSive At least one screw loose behind the handle bars XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Cash and in-person is the only way I'll deal with CL or FB. Socially distanced, of course, lol.
  13. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge, is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Here's a cautionary tale on using Craigslist. The scam starts at post #1043 here and goes on for a few pages.
  14. 650Skull

    650Skull SSSSSSSSSlither Top Contributor

    Put it back on them..........

    Ask for some social media links and military details for verification .............tell them the cheque will have to be banked and cleared before the bike is released + a refundable $ amount for holding the bike while cheque clears.....................

    Wait for an answer or go on a world trip and then check if they get back to you............
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