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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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    I had a 85 K100RS with 230K. A friend of a friend wanted to buy it, he ask me for a price. I saided $1500, it took him less than 2 seconds to write the check. Two years later he sold it for $2500 with 235k in worse shape.



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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 40427 View Post
    An honest and verifiable maintenance record would help a lot.
    Bullseye. Having all the receipts and a maintenance log ready for inspection will put a lot of folks familiar with the long life of a properly maintained BMW at ease.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted View Post
    Bullseye. Having all the receipts and a maintenance log ready for inspection will put a lot of folks familiar with the long life of a properly maintained BMW at ease.
    I dunno, I do all my own work and can tell if a bike is in good repair or not. It isn't that difficult if you know what to look for. It's also very easy these days to find out which years and models had problems and what those problems were. My vehicles rarely go to a mechanic or dealer. And when I sell them, I throw in the spare parts I've bought ahead of time, as well as the greasy shop manuals.
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    Then I guess you are one of the folks who doesn't care about receipts Many do however. When I bought my K75RT it was nice to see the receipts from the dealer for the spline lubes, made me feel warm and fuzzy. As expected, when I opened it up 10k or so later they looked beautiful.

    I do most of my own work as well, and keep a maintenance log of what I have done and keep the receipts for parts, fluids and such to help back it up. And yes, the receipt for the Guard Dog Moly lube is in there
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted View Post
    I do most of my own work as well, and keep a maintenance log of what I have done and keep the receipts for parts, fluids and such to help back it up. And yes, the receipt for the Guard Dog Moly lube is in there
    would you please come down here and organize my stuff?

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    Me too;

    I keep a logbook of all my self service, but rarely keep the parts receipts. I'm also opposite, think many may look at the book, listen to all your tales of self service, but don't care much about all that, if the bike looks great and runs swell, thats it for most to buy. I've sold two over a 100000m bikes and that was the case, both times. Test ride is all it took, they did not even want the paper trail! Many disagree of course, but buyers don't always have anything in mind but a single owner and/or pretty bike, miles be whatever. Price is the biggest concern, cheap as they can get it, nothing else. The BMW buyers I've come across, for the most part, are educated somewhat to what they are shopping/buying and may be even more rare than the average biker buying a bike. I don't care to sell to a guy/gal that needs 100% proof of the service records...They shouldn't be shopping, as they probably don't know what they are looking at anyways...Randy

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    I'm relatively new to the BMW market, but have bought and sold dozens of Japanese bikes and some with mileage over 100K. I know that many BMW bikes, when properly maintained will go well over 200K. I use to offer a pre-purchase inspection (about $100) for serious buyers, and that always put them at ease.

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