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Old 10-30-2014, 09:18 AM   #1
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Figured I toss this out there, need some constructive criticism.

Bike is not geting any hits, and I am looking to move it.

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Is it actually an R6s?
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Doesn't look like a bad deal. I was going to say it's probably a bad time of year to try and sell, but you've had it up for a while. Where else have you advertised? Craigslist, Cycletrader, Facebook groups, even classifieds in the newspaper are all good ways of putting it out there. Have you asked friends/family/coworkers to keep an ear out for people looking for a bike? Putting on here isn't bad, but it can't be the only exposure you give it. If you've tried any/all of those ideas, then I don't really know what the problem with interest is.
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Old 10-30-2014, 09:37 AM   #6
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You need to replace the battery in the fob. Looks a lot like an '05 I just traded in but I kept that same " pack".

Are you able to edit the price on the OP?
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Doesn't look like a bad deal. I was going to say it's probably a bad time of year to try and sell, but you've had it up for a while. Where else have you advertised? Craigslist, Cycletrader, Facebook groups, even classifieds in the newspaper are all good ways of putting it out there. Have you asked friends/family/coworkers to keep an ear out for people looking for a bike? Putting on here isn't bad, but it can't be the only exposure you give it. If you've tried any/all of those ideas, then I don't really know what the problem with interest is.
i ahve a couple peo0le interested at work, but noone wants to up any cash,

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replaced the battery int he fob already, that's a completely different story,

yeah, I edited the price a few time,
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replaced the battery int he fob already, that's a completely different story,
I'd take out the line in the ad about the fob because it looks like you're either too lazy to replace the battery, or that the replacement battery may be hard to find
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The sportster market is saturated and therefore good deals can be had. I am currently looking for sportsterer, but the aesthetics of yours is all wrong for me. I want peanut tank and solo seat. That means I gotta layout an additional 600-800 bucks to replace tins. I think the market as a whole is headed down that path ( just look at style of new sportster line-up), and as such your bike just isn't appealing at the current price point knowing you gotta outlay money to get the looks we want.
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Take new pictures, away from your garage where the bike is stored. The pic in the garage is awful. That mess in the corner is likely discouraging buyers.
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As mentioned above.

Take new pictures with a nice background. You can also take it to Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited in consignment and will get more exposure. You can put flyers at the local Ice Houses.
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Take new pictures, away from your garage where the bike is stored. The pic in the garage is awful. That mess in the corner is likely discouraging buyers.
yep...oddly enough I consider everything when making a purchase. Stupid I know, but if someone doesn't keep up with the items sitting around the bike what are the chances they kept up with the bike itself???? Now, don't go asking for pics of my garage at the moment.
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After analyzing your pictures one more time:

Use the same set of pictures. Not "before and after". Use only pics of how the bike actually looks.

Like Maxgs mentioned. The picture in the garage is really bad. Once you have new pictures let me know and I will circulate them around.
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Thanks guys, I guess I never really realized the pictures of my shop being trashed.

I'll pull it over to the school this afternoon and take some clean shots of it.
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i don't know much about these particular bikes but yeah like everyone else said. wash it, clean it up a bit and take some better pictures. try some good side, front and angle views that show/highlight the mods you have added. good pictures go a long ways in getting any interest for anyone regardless of what youre selling.
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The sportster market is saturated and therefore good deals can be had. I am currently looking for sportsterer, but the aesthetics of yours is all wrong for me. I want peanut tank and solo seat. That means I gotta layout an additional 600-800 bucks to replace tins. I think the market as a whole is headed down that path ( just look at style of new sportster line-up), and as such your bike just isn't appealing at the current price point knowing you gotta outlay money to get the looks we want.
I'm not meaning to dump on the bike, because it is what it is and it looks good to someone, but I have to agree with Jason here.

This bike does not have widely appealing style. It's going to take the right buyer who is looking for a Sportster like this style.

I mean, I just bought one in this same price bracket, a 2006 with 7500 miles, good shape, but it is an 883r with blacked out engine and peanut tank, solo seat. It's the right style, what I'm looking for. And I can tell you, the seller took my offer at $2000 less than her original asking price.

The market is saturated, the time to sell bikes is waning entering winter, and this bike isn't stylish. It's just a vanilla Sporty. That's why it's not selling, IMO.
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Oh, and I gotta agree with the consignment idea. Definitely do that if you're looking to move it. Somewhere someone's old lady needs a bike and this is the right one for her. But she won't be looking in Cycle Trader, she will be going to Osborn's or On the Border, someplace like that.
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I'm not meaning to dump on the bike, because it is what it is and it looks good to someone, but I have to agree with Jason here.

This bike does not have widely appealing style. It's going to take the right buyer who is looking for a Sportster like this style.

I mean, I just bought one in this same price bracket, a 2006 with 7500 miles, good shape, but it is an 883r with blacked out engine and peanut tank, solo seat. It's the right style, what I'm looking for. And I can tell you, the seller took my offer at $2000 less than her original asking price.

The market is saturated, the time to sell bikes is waning entering winter, and this bike isn't stylish. It's just a vanilla Sporty. That's why it's not selling, IMO.
Help me find a deal like that.
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I'll also add that I sold an 883 Lowboy with 5k miles in April of last year for 4400. The market is saturated as mentioned with sportsters, and of the 2 guys that came to look at it....both were buying for their women. The price point between hard mount motors vs. the rubber mounts seem to be considerably less as well.
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