I actually found a great deal on a 2005 R6 w/ 1000 miles due to a couple who were splitting up ... However this bike every damn bell and whistle mod... I CAN'T stand some of the common mods people do to their bikes. I personally think fender eliminators are tacky and just a piece of poop in general. lower gears... I'll pass thank you. Stickers, pain in the rear... The list goes on, if I could find a good opportunity to buy a barley used bike at a good price I would consider it... but its tuff! Sometimes I cringe when I see the atrocities done to some really sexy bikes. I am mechanical, however I want my next pruchase (the toy/NONcommuter) to be BUY-N-RIDE... as stock as possible.MrSciTrek said:New bikes.
If you're mechanical then the best buy on a new bike is one that a new rider tipped over. The insurance company doesn't want to repair it so takes the bike & sells it cheap. Assuming that it's readily repairable for relatively few $$ & some sweat equity... that may be your best buy.
Or... find a married couple that's splitting up & someone is selling off a motorcycle to help settle "shares."
Or... find someone that is moving/transferring & can't or won't take the bike with them: may sell 4 cheap.
Otherwise, shop the dealers. If there's only one dealer you don't have much leverage unless you're willing to travel to the next dealer. Some places... if you PHONE CALL directly to the sales manager you may get a deal compared to walking in & getting a salesman's routine pitch, & paying his commission.
Let them know that you are keeping your mind open to buying used (Craigslist, local paper, E-Bay) or from an insurance sell-off (?) & have some samples ads with you. Play it cool- no "Must buy" look in your eyes... no rush. Sometimes the end of the month, end of the year, brings some meet-the-quota sales deals.
Something I've been told by various individuals is that if the dealership is willing to throw anything in, then you're not getting the best deal.Lacessit said:hmmm.. all I can say is what I did.
I drove up to my local Kawi dealer, after 15 minutes of walking around with no one approaching me, I went up to the desk and asked who I had to talk to about buying a bike. A saleman was paged for me, and I told him I wanted to buy an '06 500R. He quoted a price and I told him I wanted to buy a bike, but I wasn't going to pay that. After some talk we ended up going our seperate ways. Two days later I went back in, and gave the same speech to a different saleman. Started with the same quote, but this time I got some quick haggling in. He then mentioned some Kawi payment plan, so we went to his office to look at some numbers. While I was in his office I saw the magic number on the dry-erase board. He needed to sell 6 more bikes (it was the last Saturday of the month). Then I went with my own financing, as I didn't like his interest rate.
As we came in close on a target price I asked about a helmet (since I didn't have one), and he eventually offered to throw in $200 for a helmet (I think I nearly broke his arm for that concession).
The main thing to know is who is more anxious to buy. Make sure it's him, not you. If you aren't ecstatic about the buy, don't do it.
My initial quote was $5300+ fees . I ended up at $4800 OTD.
You must've never met a good liar before.luukasama said:
- Owner: I think it's important to be comfortable with the seller. If their vibe is positive, this is an honest sale. If you feel anxious, then something is off. You can tell a lot about the bike by the mannerisms of its owner, so be sure to pay attention to the guy/girl as much as you do to the bike.
That won't even tell you if the bike runs.luukasama said:Good liars or not, inspecting the bike as well as checking the VIN will also tell you a story. It's also called intuition. If you feel something is wrong, it probably is.