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Old 12-04-2012, 09:08 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:29 PM   #12 (permalink)
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This is gross, but there are some really cheap, rock bottom priced beater Triumphs on the TRAT classified section that will make a grown man cry. American in Al for $3k, Legend in Ia for $3k another Legend for $2200. You want a beater close to your price range that isn't a Jap, Austrian/Indian, German gnome, American pig but a real piece of British iron? A triumph to bob, to chop, to ride. Look here at our own classifieds. Funny, I have got two of my bikes here now that I think of it.

I wont mention any names of those giving away their trusty older Triumphs.

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Old 12-04-2012, 11:57 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Go to C/l put a price point in and see what turns up...... Not much streetable stuff.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:28 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I posted a while back about buying a Yamaha TW200 on craigslist for only $900. I wouldn't exactly call it a beater. It only had like 600 miles on it...



Here are my tips:

1. Search craigslist early every morning and be quick to call and make an appointment to see the bike as early as possible.

2. Have ready cash so you can buy on the spot if it is a killer deal.

3. Keep an open mind when searching. There are a lot of cool bikes out there that may not be on your radar.

4. Condition, condition, condition... that is the most important factor when buying a used bike. I have seen very old bikes that were pristine and new bikes with low miles that were junk.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:41 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Exactly what Irishguy said.

Someone selling for a low price is as much interested in convenient disinvestment as he is in the money.

Be prepared to meet, pay for, and take the bike immediately, at the convenience of the seller.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:26 PM   #16 (permalink)
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What about make/model/years to avoid?
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What about make/model/years to avoid?
You can't be serious. You expect us to post every make and model of bike that you might buy for $1000 that you should avoid?

How about you do this:

You do what I recommended and when you find a particular bike that fits that criteria you do like I did... do a quick search about said bike on the internet and take a few minutes to research said bike before dashing off with $1000 in hand to buy it. If the internet search turns up a bunch of negative crap about the bike... stay at home and keep searching.
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I'm sorry if it came across like I was making expectations of you.

I meant a short list.
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As stated above CL, my first bike was a 1992 Kawasaki
EX (Ninja) 500, $1000 cash, ran great.
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Here are my tips:

1. Search craigslist early every morning and be quick to call and make an appointment to see the bike as early as possible.

2. Have ready cash so you can buy on the spot if it is a killer deal.

3. Keep an open mind when searching. There are a lot of cool bikes out there that may not be on your radar.

4. Condition, condition, condition... that is the most important factor when buying a used bike. I have seen very old bikes that were pristine and new bikes with low miles that were junk.

Irish,

Nice, practical advice. Thumbs up.

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