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Old 02-08-2009, 05:34 PM   #1
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To sell or repair, that is the question.

So as some of you may remember, my bike which was stolen last year got returned to me recently. It has pretty minor damage, and really will only cost the price of the lock replacement kit, a foot peg, and new fluids/plugs/battery to get rolling again.

Now what I really want to know is if I should try to repair all this "little" stuff, or try to sell the bike to someone who wants to run it as a streetfighter or who doesn't mind paying out the cost to get the fairings repainted and make the bike "pretty" again.

Here's a link to all the damage to the bike, which I posted in a previous thread:

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...&postcount=106

Now the deal is that I have about $2500 sitting around that I don't need. I wouldn't mind buying a slightly used bike, and I have been thinking about moving up to something with a little more power, maybe a 636 or a 750.

What could I get for my bike in the condition that it's in? Would it be more worth it to try and sell it and the fairings as is and then couple that money with my saved purse to try and get another bike?


Here's some quotes I got from Motorcycles Unlimited for the replacement parts needed to ride it:

Lock set: $220
Peg: $50
Plugs/Battery/Fluids: ???


And here's some of the more cosmetic stuff:

Clutch cover and gasket: $130
Triple: $150
Tank: $400 (although they recommended I go to Toms Paint/Body and just get it repaired and repainted)
Painting the whole bike: ???


So if I do all the work myself it's still going to cost quite a bit after repainting and all that jazz.

Should I just try to sell it? It was never ridden after the theft, just stored, and I took good care of it prior to that. Like 4k miles on it...

What do ya'll think I should do, and do you think anyone would want to buy it in the condition it is in?
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:39 PM   #2
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build a fighter, its seems all cosmetic, just depends on what you are wanting to end up with. if you decide to get another bike, what are you thinking about asking for this one?
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does it run? did you try to start it? I know you said it need a lock cylinder set but i'm sure there is away to start the bike since they stole it? Turn it into a street fighter!
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Here's some quotes I got from Motorcycles Unlimited for the replacement parts needed to ride it:

Lock set: $220
Peg: $50
Plugs/Battery/Fluids: ???


Just take care of that and you're good to go

I laid my 650 Nighthawk down at least 3 or 4 times back in the day. It was my first real streetbike. Each time, I just went to the dealer or scrapyard (Sam's Motorcycle Salvage) to get the parts I needed, and put it back together. Kept the dents in the tank for memory's sake

Don't let the cosmetics bother you or keep you from riding, nor be concerned with how it looks until you can get the money to fix it.

But if you really want to get rid of it now, I would take the time to fix it. As much as you can yourself to save some money. Anyone who wants to buy it in this condition will offer you the least return on your investment, in consideration of the time and trouble they will go through to fix it themselves.
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build a fighter, its seems all cosmetic, just depends on what you are wanting to end up with. if you decide to get another bike, what are you thinking about asking for this one?
I don't know what to ask for this one, which is one reason for the post.

Does anyone know what people usually pay for this type of condition on a bike? I've never sold anything in this kind of condition so I'm curious as to what people usually get for bikes like this...


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does it run? did you try to start it? I know you said it need a lock cylinder set but i'm sure there is away to start the bike since they stole it? Turn it into a street fighter!
They put in the bed of a truck when they stole it. I don't want to start it now because it sat for 8 months after it was stolen, the fuel in it is bad and the battery is dead currently.

They never turned it on even when it was stolen.

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Don't let the cosmetics bother you or keep you from riding, nor be concerned with how it looks until you can get the money to fix it.
I know maybe I seem like a ***got for wanting it to look nice while I ride it, but that's kind of part of why I want to get rid of it. I like the fact that I take care of my bikes and I take pride in how they look. I want it to be nice, because it's kind of a hobby of mine and I really do get a sense of pride and accomplishment out of it.

I spent the money and time making it nice in the first place, so it's frustrating to have to do it again.

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i'd just build a street fighter....your almost there
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i've got $500 for it right now they way it sits

jk. what do you owe on it still?
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i've got $500 for it right now they way it sits

jk. what do you owe on it still?
Don't owe anything, I bought it cash in hand. Considering it's mostly cosmetic, I would hope for more than $500 lol.
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Don't owe anything, I bought it cash in hand. Considering it's mostly cosmetic, I would hope for more than $500 lol.
honestly i couldnt tell you without knowing how it runs... spend the money to get it running right and i would say $1500 to $3000 depending on what you put into the rest
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since looks are important, rebuilding will get expensive to get it back to factory, and with the blue book on it, you would end up with an inevitable money pit. im interested if you decide to sell, send me a pm and we can kick around some #'s
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since looks are important, rebuilding will get expensive to get it back to factory, and with the blue book on it, you would end up with an inevitable money pit. im interested if you decide to sell, send me a pm and we can kick around some #'s
Exactly what I was thinking. Serious money pit possibility. If someone did it right, it would be *sick* as a streetfighter. I just don't know if I have the time for that right now with work being so busy.

I am attending conferences starting next week that are going to seriously eat into my free time.

I'll shoot you a PM for sure...
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I don't know what to ask for this one, which is one reason for the post.

Does anyone know what people usually pay for this type of condition on a bike? I've never sold anything in this kind of condition so I'm curious as to what people usually get for bikes like this...
I think it'll come down more to what people are willing to offer, rather than what you may ask. So just start off by asking KBB minus the costs to repair, and see where the negotiations go from there.

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I know maybe I seem like a ***got for wanting it to look nice while I ride it, but that's kind of part of why I want to get rid of it. I like the fact that I take care of my bikes and I take pride in how they look. I want it to be nice, because it's kind of a hobby of mine and I really do get a sense of pride and accomplishment out of it.

I spent the money and time making it nice in the first place, so it's frustrating to have to do it again.
I hear you. I'm the same way. Just take a look at my bike (MH BOTM March '08 & BOTM Oct. '08 on a more national bike forum). I'm a Moddaholic! And I was the same way with my Nighthawk.

The difference between me now (41 yrs old) and then (21 yrs old) is that I have a little more spending money than when I was a young kid.

Maybe look at it this way!... The essentials to get it running are minimal in costs. The cosmetic damages gives you an opportunity to replace rashed parts with more upgrades & mods, and get a custom paintjob done to your bike! These 650Rs make great streetfighters, and I'm not just saying that. The whole look without the fairings, with the way the frame and shock is set up, offer alot of possibilities to make bold statements about your ride.
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Well there you go! That's what i'm talking about!!
Versys cluster/headlight and turn signals, Ermax rear hugger, Targa seat cowl, just from eyeballing it I'd say that's a whole of a lot of aftermarket and versys stuff.


I wonder how much he spent doing this. It's super cool.
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Versys cluster/headlight and turn signals, Ermax rear hugger, Targa seat cowl, just from eyeballing it I'd say that's a whole of a lot of aftermarket and versys stuff.


I wonder how much he spent doing this. It's super cool.
do it clean like the white one. just only black and red cheap and looks great!
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Versys cluster/headlight and turn signals, Ermax rear hugger, Targa seat cowl, just from eyeballing it I'd say that's a whole of a lot of aftermarket and versys stuff.


I wonder how much he spent doing this. It's super cool.
Add it up! You can always build your bike up over time.
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actually the black and red one looks like a euro model ER6-N. i think its either euro or aussie cause of the license plate.

http://www.kawasaki.com/Products/pro...?id=373&scid=6

so looks like he didn't do much. seat cowl, aftermarket rearsets, rear hugger, and new bars.

i really like the way the versys belly pan looks on the 650 =)
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thats a sweet 650.

check out this one:

650R painted white

Dammit, if someone can tell me what exhaust and handlebars these are, I will YOU UP.

Seriously, I really like the look of both parts, and I can't figure it out. I wonder if the bars are custom made or something...
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