Discussion in 'Classifieds' started by Kingwj, Mar 13, 2010.
That's what I thought
Skulls post almost makes this one look like a deal.
That engine rebuild with the 750 kit with a 270 re-phase could b up over the $5000-$6000 mark. Sent him a question asking about the Big Bore kit and if it was a mikes then did the engine internals get swapped out to a 447............No answer
I don't care if Kenny Roberts kissed the small ends of the rods before it was assembled. I can't see how a motor, frame and tank could have that much value. It does show how prices vary all over the world. To me a complete stock bike is worth more. I do understand that we in the USA are spoiled as to prices. I used to accuse my Dad of living in the 50s, I guess I'm guilty of living in the 70s and 80s.
Remember, there is "askin' " prices and there is "gettin' " prices. Sometimes they are very dissimilar.
Once.. twice a year.. we have " deep pockets " from across the pond make the rounds. They buy just about anything.. because our ride'n season is short... bikes usually have low mileage as opposed to the sunny states and the machines are in good nick. I know of a couple fellows who make pretty good $$$ just buy'n bikes.. filling ocean containers and shipping them. I was surprised years ago... they bought anything British ... I thought they'd be cheaper in jolly 0'England... nope..... just about any bike over there.. Brit or otherwise... much more expensive. A couple yrs ago... the I visited the local cycle bone yard... off to the side.... two lines of Xs units.. ( over 20..) .. various years.. and another roll of 450 Hondas... all rollers.. bought and go'n across the pond.
That 750 ebay one says it was rebuilt by Daryl Hutcheon, if nothing else he does know how to build a good XS motor, having a motor professionally built is a lot more expensive than doing it in your backyard, 270 re-phase isn’t cheap either, I wouldn’t buy it for that much but the seller probably isn’t making anything off of it.
Also owning a Honda NT700V I spend a good deal on time on the UK Deauville forum. I was shocked to discover that the bike owners across the pond have a horrendous problem with corrosion. I have seen pix posted that show engine cases perforated due to corrosion! I subscribe to a UK magazine called Bike and in their reviews of bikes they note the bikes susceptibility to corrosion. It's no wonder they are over here buying up good used bikes and theirs turn to dust in short order.
That's right! I once bought a Kawasaki Z1B from one of those companies. Their business model was to travel to the US, especially the drier states, hunt for old, low-mileage bikes lying unloved at the back of folk's garages, snap up enough to fill a 40' container, with an extra floor to make it 2-decker, ship 'em to the UK and they could expect to make a hefty mark-up on every single bike. Old British bikes, iron-head Harleys, classic Japanese, anything they could see a market for.
The prices we pay for old bikes in Britain are much higher than in the US of A.
There's people who do the same in Japan, where the MoT rules are so strict it's not easy for 2-year old bikes to pass, plus a pervading culture of built-in obsolescence. Also, there's some nice home-market models we don't otherwise see over here. So people go over there, buy 'em up and bring 'em to the UK.
How it works now
We have a warehouse in Atlanta Georgia where we store all the bikes we purchase in the USA, once ready we load and ship a 40ft container, this is approx. every 6 weeks, bringing a total of approx 250 bikes each year We have been doing this for the past 20 years and have seen a lot of changes in the markets, we are definitely now in an open market, and we are regularly sending bikes overseas to international collectors
On average we carry approx. 250 bikes in stock in our Brisbane warehouse, we have a small workshop where we keep about 80 bikes that are in the process of preparation and sale, this is open to the public during weekdays
$20 You`ve got to be kidding?
Nice side covers, 'spose you gotta take the mags too?
Gotta or Gettoo ??
And the seat!
Gotta, I'm on a diet, remember?
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