Buying a bike
May 10, 2009 at 5:38 am #2803alaaaaaaaaanParticipant
Alright so i have been saving and looking for a bike for quite some time now. I would like to purchase an SV650S and have about 2,500$ saved so far. I have checked the Craigslist and there where a couple listed around that price but by the time i got the money they were gone.
My question, do you guys think i will be able to find bikes for that price or is that too low? I mean obviously there were some given they were posted but everything else seems to be in the mid 3-4K range. I have also checked cycletrader but all they have is listings for dealers and there is NO WAY IN HELL i am buy from a dealer (freaking thieves).
That’s my little rant for now any and all help would be appreciated and if you know of a place in Florida where i may look or have an SV650S and want to help a college kid drastically reduce his gas consumption and make it easier to pay for school by selling for that price PLEASE feel free to PM me lol…
As always, thanks to all who read these posts and to the community in general for posting such great information and helping us NEWBS, i know i certainly appreciate it.May 10, 2009 at 5:05 pm #18307SantaCruzRiderParticipant
Problem with the SV650 is that it is almost universally regarded as a do-anything, best-in-class bike. That makes it a great buy if you’re shopping new, but a tough one to get used at a decent price. They have high resale, which means you often end up paying a premium over similar bikes.
If you’re seeing bikes disappear super fast of CL, it’s often dealers who are snapping them up (at least here in the SFBay area). You’ll need to check often, be fast with your response and willing to jet over and put down your cash if you want to get a great deal on a used one. You could probably find a better deal on another bike, but if you’re heart is set on an SV650 (and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be), it will be worth the extra work.
You might also try posting your own CL ad for “SV650 wanted”. I’ve done that for other items and had success. Some sellers see it as a good alternative to having a bunch of tire kickers calling them and wasting their time.May 10, 2009 at 10:05 pm #18316alaaaaaaaaanParticipant
Yea i can see why they are so popular, in my opinion it is, like everyone says the best bang for the buck and its not bad on the eyes either. I have looked at other recommended beginner bikes like the ninja 500 etc..but hate the retro look they have.
I guess i’ll just have to keep waiting it out and hope my perfect bike shows itself SOON…I’m also going to take your advice and post a wanted ad on CL, hadn’t really thought about it.
Thanks for the help SantaCruz
P.S. If you have any other recommendations as far as “beginner bikes” that look or have the styling of the sv650s i would love to hear em, so far the only one that semi-fits the part is the 250r but i have come to the conclusion that it’s not enough bike for my needs.
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