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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 9-11-2019, 7:27 AM Thread Starter
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What's a good selling price if my bike is in this condition?

Hey guys, sorry for my absence, I'm still alive and well! Anyways, I'm going to be starting my career in trucking in the next month or so, and I'll be having to part with my baby. As sad as that is, I'll have nowhere to store it, won't get much riding time in, and I could use some cash for the transition. Just wondering if you guys could give me some opinions on what I should/could ask for it, as it's got a few issues at the moment, nothing too catastrophic I don't suppose. I got laid off in April and haven't been able to afford some much needed maintenance. I'm in Las Vegas, it's a black '08, daily ride for a few years now and still is, approx 22k miles (I'll have to double check that), I'll go over the good and the bad.

The Good: Engine runs great, transmission shifts through all the gears smoothly, accelerates like she should, no dents or cracked fairings (some scratches and blemishes though), no crashes, 2-into-1 exhaust (sounds really good), carbs are in good shape (came from the legendary gentleman and scholar Ducatiman), battery is good, cables, chain and sprockets are a 7/10 (in my opinion), flush mount signals, no tears on seat, blacked out windscreen, red reflective rim tape, red anodized oem levers and some nice long Ninja 650 mirrors.

The Bad: Right side fork seal has leaked and gotten into the front brake, reducing braking ability (I have a full rebuild kit with pads but some rat bastard stole ALL of my tools), petcock lever has started to leak a little, and what I assume to be the worst part: Has to be given a little 'bump' to start 60% of the time. Not a full push start but slightly rolling it a few feet in second gear before releasing the clutch, then the electric start will work. I'm not even sure what the problem is, been doing it for a few months.

The Ugly: No lower fairing due to the 2-into-1 exhaust. Exhaust has an almost cool looking red surface rust forming. Tires could probably be replaced, they aren't really worn, but the front looks kinda dry.

So what do you guys think a good price would be? I'd really appreciate hearing your opinions, as always - you guys probably know better than me. And in case anyone is here in Las Vegas or the general area I'd be more than happy to let one of you guys take it off my hands, I'd rest easier knowing she'd be going to a good home. Thanks guys!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 9-11-2019, 9:46 AM
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Prices change in different areas of the country, but here (Central Florida) I'd say you'd be doing very well to get $1500 because of the miles and "the bad." You might ask a few hundred more if you can fix the fork seal, the brake, and the petcock. But no more than 1800. And I would not think you made a bad deal if you got 1200 or even 1K. This is based on a lot of craigslist investigation and talking to private sellers a few years back here. Glances at craigslist now suggest the market value might be a bit lower. But again it could be a different story in your area.

A lot of people interested in ex500s are beginners and don't know a lot about how to fix things, so the problems you describe will be a big deal for them.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 9-11-2019, 4:04 PM
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Its time to get the snow blower out in most places so prices drop and most are well in the middle of a maintnance schedule so there will soon be no shortage of bikes like the one your looking to get rid of.

$800 in the NJ area would be top doller, $500 would be what my max.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 9-12-2019, 5:54 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies guys, that was kinda what I was guessing the range would be. And as far as winter and snowblowers are concerned, here in Vegas the temps have finally dropped down to the high 90's (yes you read that right), so riding season has officially began for most of us. Think I'm going to put her up for $1200-$1400ish and see what kind of offers I get. Thanks!

P.S If any forum member are out here in the desert with me I'll give you a deal.
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With the exception of the odd starter behavior, which could take a bit of further analysis to fix, all of the other issues are relatively easy to remedy. With a small investment and time you could make the bike more appealing to a buyer and get a better price. I love fixing things up, so I'm biased. It all depends on your desire to be rid of the bike, and the dollar threshold for that to happen.

Any particular reason for the sale?

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Originally Posted by Davenay67 View Post
Any particular reason for the sale?

Well, I'll be an otr trucker as soon as I'm done with my CDL school, so I'm not going to be here in town very often and won't have anywhere safe to store it. Being gone for 3 weeks at a time and having a bike sitting at an apartment I barely even live in isn't ideal. Need the cash to put my stuff in storage anyways, my roommate will be renting out my room to someone else as soon as I'm out there driving. I've also been out of work for a few months due to a lay-off, money is extremely short right now, as in practically nonexistent. One of those situations where the stars align, for better or worse haha.
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