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    Selling a high mileage bike?

    Anybody have any ideas? I have a 2002RT with about 145,000 miles. Just put about 1800 bucks into it new tires, new odyssey battery, fresh tune up, fluids, moto lights, trailer hitch and trailer. Besides a lot of pictures, what would it take to find a buyer? Jon

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    The right price.

    The $1800 bucks are gone. The next buyer EXPECTS the bike to have good tires, battery, and fluids. Motolights and a trailer hitch don't add value, and may even limit the market for the bike.

    Price it low and move on.

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    I dont think it would be considered a high mile bike. Others may disagree. A good place to get a price is IBMWR's web site.
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    Sell separately

    Sell the bike/ the trailer / hitch / lights as separate items. You will net more money.

    I bought one like yours with similar mileage for $2500. Good luck.
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    I agree. Sell the trailer and maybe hitch separately. Plenty of guys out there that would be interested in a medium to high mileage bike for the right price. I personally know of an RT that recently sold with over 200K miles on it. It is still running great and the owner happily uses it around town and on short day trips.

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    An honest and verifiable maintenance record would help a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TR250Tom View Post
    The right price.

    The $1800 bucks are gone. The next buyer EXPECTS the bike to have good tires, battery, and fluids. Motolights and a trailer hitch don't add value, and may even limit the market for the bike.

    Price it low and move on.

    Cheers, Tom
    I couldn't agree more. Once a bike reaches that kind of mileage you will have to sell it cheap if you want to move it.
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    I bought an R1150GS back in 2010. It's a 2001 and had 126K miles. I got it out the door for $4500. I was hesitant at first, but all the mainenace records were with it and it had been meticulously attended to for every scheduled sevice and a few other fixes along the way. There was even a top end rebuild (over $3,000 for the job) done at 101K miles, that included all kinds of seals, belts, parts that tend to go bad, as often discussed on oilhead forums). It looked great for it's age and ran as smooth as silk. To me, it sorted of started over at 101K miles, and I think the high miles scared off other potential buyers till I made my offer. Absolutely no regrets here.
    More to the point, if you have good, complete maintenance records, and a buyer that understands the potential life of a well-kept beemer, someone will come along and buy it at a fair price. I think you just have to make sure you include a description of its maintenance history in your advertisement..
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    I bought my airhead with a buncha miles on it. The odo wasnt working when I bought it. I'm guessing it has almost 300k on it by now. I've done a lot of stuff to that little motorcycle,often felt sorry for it at times but have been beating it like an anvil for 19 years. Only thing it hasn't been is a GS. Might be it's next transformation. Anyway I have a K and recently bought a oilhead. I don't seem to sell em once I get em so recipts just mean clutter to me.....Got a bunch with both the K and oilhead.

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    Take the hitch off it. I for one would never buy a BMW with a hitch. clutch, fragile tranny, fragile final drive etc. They are not made for it, and I just would walk away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkCloud View Post
    Anybody have any ideas? I have a 2002RT with about 145,000 miles.
    How much do you want for it?
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    I agree with the advice above.

    For a point of reference, I just sold my 2000 RT (125,000 miles) for $4000.

    More than one potential Ebay buyer contacted me to confirm the mileage was correct. This kind of mileage is common to us riders, but to other people may it seem ridiculous. I ended up selling to a local guy.

    I sold the Ohlins shocks, Corbin seat, Elf Pegs and PIAAs separately for a combined $1500..... more than I could have gotten if it had all gone with the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkCloud View Post
    Anybody have any ideas? I have a 2002RT with about 145,000 miles. Just put about 1800 bucks into it new tires, new odyssey battery, fresh tune up, fluids, moto lights, trailer hitch and trailer. Besides a lot of pictures, what would it take to find a buyer? Jon
    Just sold my 02 for what I considered a fair price. looked at blue book and knocked the price down some. mine had 100K
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    ... what would it take to find a buyer?
    Placing an advert in something, would be a start. BMWMOA FleaMarket, perhaps?
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    About a month ago purchased a 2000 RT1100 with under 12,000 miles for $4000. A friend did a fly and ride on a 1994 1100RS with 100000 miles with all the maintenance and repair records for $2000. She rode it from Texas to Seattle and is now asking $2500 for it. GLWTS.

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