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    Where to advertise an old K-bike.

    Where is the best place to list old K-bikes for sale?

    The dealers here do not want them and tell me you cannot give them away in Southern California. They seem to be correct, I have several listings up and have received no response.

    The IBMWR sales area is down due to SW problems, and I hear too many horror stories about Craig's list.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    (I have left out details to hopefully comply with the no advertising rule).

    Thanks.
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    Did you try the K-bike forum? Facebook BMW classifieds? Moto-brick forum?


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    MOA Marketplace link at the top of the forum?
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    The MOA Marketplace will reach like minded buyers.

    Craigslist is easiest in reaching local buyers. Never had any issues, just use reasonable caution.





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    "Hey I'll buy it for my brother, he's stationed overseas. I can PayPal a few hundred over cost for the inconvenience. I can send a truck and a guy I know to pick it up."

    Said every Craiglist scammer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by anglojaxon View Post
    "Hey I'll buy it for my brother, he's stationed overseas. I can PayPal a few hundred over cost for the inconvenience. I can send a truck and a guy I know to pick it up."

    Said every Craiglist scammer...

    Obviously, those are the ones that you don't deal with. Duh

    Cash in hand. Valid ID only.

    Most of the horror stories are from people not taking reasonable caution whether it be a phone scam, an email scam or any other type of scam.




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    The IBMWR Marketplace is back up now. Cycletrader gets good traffic, and for all its myriad of problems, so does Craigslist. But, the reality remains that you can hardly give one of them away. I am currently overspending on a K1100RS build that would be a total financial train wreck, were I to tire of the finished product. Most likely my son will get it one day.
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    Thanks guys.

    I have it listed here, K-bike forums and Adv Rider (not really he right place).

    I will check IBMWR again. I also may try the classic section on Cycle Trader.

    Around these parts people get robbed and killed on CL. Not often, but it does happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinytrains View Post
    I will check IBMWR again. I also may try the classic section on Cycle Trader.
    The IBMWR Marketplace is reborn <== clicky here... with new code.... thanks to the volunteer efforts of Tom Childers, Walker Powell, Steve Huber and some other smart-ass on the Internet.

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    I've sold a number of Ks via Craigslist. Yeah, I hear all the horror stories, but haven't experienced them firsthand. I'm in a smaller, more rural market, so definitely not Southern Calif.
    For bikes with so little value as old Ks, your local market is going to be your target. I can't imagine anyone travelling or paying shipment for such a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffDiCarlo View Post
    For bikes with so little value as old Ks, your local market is going to be your target. I can't imagine anyone travelling or paying shipment for such a bike.
    Unless of course its a K75.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffDiCarlo View Post
    I've sold a number of Ks via Craigslist. Yeah, I hear all the horror stories, but haven't experienced them firsthand. I'm in a smaller, more rural market, so definitely not Southern Calif.
    For bikes with so little value as old Ks, your local market is going to be your target. I can't imagine anyone travelling or paying shipment for such a bike.
    Funny. That is the opposite of what my dealer said. She told me "Your best bet was to advertise it in the mid-west. They often drive a long way for one." Who knows. Just got to find the right person.

    I may end up donating it to charity and taking the write off. Sad. It is all very sad. Due to health conditions my riding days are numbered, just don't know how many. I will keep my R1200R as long as I can ride, but want to get K out of the way now since it is hard to sell.

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    Demand for Kbikes?

    Craigslist has worked well for me, for both buying and selling bikes and parts.
    I do not commute on a bike,(you want horror stories, see LA traffic) but ride about 15-20 thousand miles a year, mostly in California.
    It seems to me that the early Kbikes are probably hibernating in the garage. (I do not see many out and about)
    Most people probably don't know anything about them, so put some thought into your ad, make it pop compared to the other ads.*

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    Yes they are rare birds in LA. And yes I know LA traffic. I commuted to work on my bike for 40 years, the last 20 from Torrance to Fullerton. Breathing car exhaust is probably what messed up my lungs.

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    That pesky 91, I know it well.
    It was the first freeway around here I remember getting "car pool lanes", in the beginning you could drive in it solo except during the rush hours morning and evening M thru F.
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    Bill

    Didn't think of this till now, but you could try giving Tim at Century Motorcycles in San Pedro a call, 310-832-6190 . There's usually a diverse collection of used bikes for sale. Some are on consignment.
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