April 6, 2009 at 5:59 am #2669
Alright guys here’s the deal. I have been looking for an SV650S for a while and ran into a 2003 selling for 1,500$ on Craigslist, the only thing is that the owner says the bike was stolen from the previous owner and supposedly needs a rebuilt brand on the title (what the hell does that mean?) Anyways, here’s the post from craiglist and all help you can provide is very welcome.
2003 SV650S for sale The bike has 30,000 miles on it and runs great. Has Michelin Pilot Power tires got rid of the factory tail lights and undertail crap so it looks clean. The front turn signals are LED and mounted in the headlights. The bike is geared 1 tooth for a little more top end still has plenty of get up and go. Just put new sprockets on it and a new chain and new brakes. This bike is tough. I have ridden it every day I’ve owned it to work school and taken it on trips to panama city Orlando and Savannah Georgia. Never had any mechanical problems never been laid down only things to ever be replaced are normal wear and tear. Gets 30mpg city and almost 60 highway. Only other thing is the bike was stolen from the previous owner and was recovered over a week later. Washington state says the bike needs to have a rebuilt brand put on the title. Other than that The bike is golden. Im need to get $15000 for it considering what I paid and the recent $700 dollars in work with the new brakes sprockets chain and turn signals. I would also consider trading it for a Smaller bike such as a savage, ninja 500,rebel or any 250 and about 800-1000 depending on the bike being traded.April 6, 2009 at 11:04 am #17536MunchParticipant
Personally I would be wary of it. “Rebuilt Brand” to me says that he already knows its unlikely he can get an original registration for it and the only possible way is to claim it as a “rebuilt” or “salvaged” bike. That away if you get pulled while on it the LEO’s would be less inclined to run VIN numbers. If the bike was stolen then “recovered” a week later then the original owner…which I assume he bought the bike from would still have the original regi’. Sprocket , brake changes do not constitute a rebuild registration.
Just my early thoughts on it. Sorry man, this would be under an extreme case of BUYER BEWARE!April 6, 2009 at 1:03 pm #17537WeaponZeroParticipant
I would be very very weary of it. As a former employee at the Pittsburgh City Impound yard, I know what happens to “stolen” bikes that are recovered. The hassle you’re going to have to go through to get that thing street legal isn’t worth the money you’re saving, and also you have to bear in mind that bike now probably has a bad story behind it that will one day catch up with you.April 6, 2009 at 2:41 pm #17542
Yea i was weary to begin with but just wanted to double check my suspicions. Thanks for the help guys, i think im just gonna let this one pass. Man i want to find my bike NOW!!! lolApril 6, 2009 at 4:33 pm #17545Jay TParticipant
Sometimes it is a real bugger to insure something with a salvage or rebuilt title. It is even worse to sell. That sort of stuff shows up on Craigslist all the time. A lot of it is bogus. If you decide to follow through; 1. Make sure the seller is local (not asking for shipping info). 2. Want that motorcycle enough to be willing to hold on to it for a lot of years to come (or be willing to give it away cheap when you put it back up Craigslist).April 6, 2009 at 4:45 pm #17546WeaponZeroParticipant
I used to work at the city impound yard here in Pittsburgh, as I mentioned above, and every month we would hold an auction. Anything that didn’t have an evidence hold on it and had been in the yard for more than 30 days got put up for auction, and one time we had a pristine condition (except for the messed up ignition tumbler) 2001 ZX-6R Ninja. It was a recovered stolen bike that didn’t have a plate on it. It ended up selling at the auction for $1800.
I kept in touch with the buyer for a little bit because I wanted it for myself originally but as an employee wasn’t allowed to bid at the auctions. Over a year later he still was still jumping through the hoops needed to try to title it and register it.April 6, 2009 at 8:29 pm #17554SantaCruzRiderParticipant
Salvage title is one thing (it better be dirt cheap, talk to your insurer first and plan on giving it away for parts when you’re done), but the “you can get it titled” deal is nothing but BS.
You don’t know if the bike is stolen, liened or clean. The seller needs to get a title for it, otherwise, you may end up being a sucker. I would run, not walk, from that deal.April 12, 2009 at 11:09 pm #17699
Thank-you guys i have decided to marathon my way as far as possible from the deal lol
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