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Old 08-08-2012, 04:48 PM   #1
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Question 80s bike values

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im asking this question to the forums for anyone that might know. i am currently in looking at picking up a 1986 suzuki gs 700 es with under 25, original miles. its in good running condition with no cracked fenders or anything. ive been able to find some information on them online, but nothing as to the price or value of these. i checked blue book values and its not listed as an available bike. does anyone know what a fair price for a bike like this is? anything would help, thx
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:59 PM   #2
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I've seen them go for as low as 500 up to 2500. 2500 with lower miles and good condition.
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:01 PM   #3
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Here's one on ebay for comparison...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1985-...item27c9f852ce
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:07 PM   #4
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$1/cc if it is not running. Maybe $1500 in decent condition which still assumes it is not fit for a cross-country road trip right out of the seller's driveway. Its not like the 80's bikes are collectible yet with the exception of turbos and 1st gen sportbikes.
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:46 PM   #5
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thx yall, it has just under 25 thousand miles and seems to be in good riding condition. i think hes asking around $2,300 +/-
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:19 PM   #6
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Are you interested in havinf that particular bike? Because for just a few hundred more, you can get a newer and potentially more reliable and more easily repairable bike.
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:25 PM   #7
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From NADA Vintage Dealer Book: (they did not show one for 1986)


1985 Suzuki GS700ESF


August 10, 2012
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Excellent: $2,650
Very Good: $1,670
Good: $1,095
Fair: $750
Poor: N/A
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When things get that old (25+yrs), the price is whatever you're willing to pay. They typically hold very little mechanical value, so the few interested buyers are in it for the nostalgia. And to restore or to use for parts on classic bike projects.

If it is serious riding you are after, you can easily buy a 600/750 FI sportbike less than 10yrs old for $2500 or less, and capability-wise, it won't be too far off the latest crop of supersports.
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:07 PM   #9
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2300 is too much IMO, you can get a far better and newer bike by just holding off and adding to your cash flow, like others have said. That particular bike will be of more service (and value) in the current owners continued posession.

Your first service (any) on that bike will easily add +1000 to the amt of money you have tied into it, look at it like this, if it needs more than tires and brakes, i really wouldnt be interested.
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:45 PM   #10
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i rode the bike the other day and it seemed mechanically sound. it has new tires, fluids etc. as it was used as a weekend rider by a knowledgable mechanic. the only thing that seems wrong with the bike is the fact that its covered with stickers that look like it were put on in the 80s.
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