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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-04-2017, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Just call me Mr. buy high and sell low.

I always lose money when it comes to cars and motorcycles...until now.

Bought my 2015 KTM 1190 Adventure just about one year ago. Stole it might be a better descriptor.

The poor guy who bought it paid over $20k when you added up all the extras and financing. Problem was he did not tell his wife prior to the purchase. He rode the bike twice, put only 211 miles on it, then sold it to me for $11500.

After putting 7800 miles on it I just sold it this evening for $12k. Boy howdy this is a real first for me.

Ya know this feels pretty good and it still was a good deal for the new owner.

Here is a pic of the new happy camper with his daughter on the back.
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Those are nice no bikes, why did you sell?
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Those are nice no bikes, why did you sell?
I was looking to downsize to a lighter, shorter, cheaper to operate machine.

The KTM is an amazing bike but like any bike there are some issues.

Heat under the seat and on your legs is one. It's nice in the winter, you don't need seat heat. But in the summer it's a different story.

It's a pretty big and tall bike. Not easy to turn around in tight areas.

The Versys 650 is the perfect size for me.
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Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner! Sounds like everyone won except the guy that didn't tell his wife Wife lessons can be very expensive
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PR4s on a 1190 Adventure? Did it come that way or did you just decide it wasn't going off road? I know the 1090s and 1290s come with TKC 80s from the factory which gives an idea for their intended use haha.

I got lucky selling a bike once. I paid $500 for my first bike and sold it for $1500 to a guy 100 miles away.
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PR4s on a 1190 Adventure? Did it come that way or did you just decide it wasn't going off road? I know the 1090s and 1290s come with TKC 80s from the factory which gives an idea for their intended use haha.

I got lucky selling a bike once. I paid $500 for my first bike and sold it for $1500 to a guy 100 miles away.
Since the 1190 was my street bike I installed the PR4's. No interest of going off road on such a big machine.

Riding sport bikes the last 10 years on the rough roads of Communist California plus old age has taken a toll on my back. I bought the 1190 mainly because of the plush ride on the rough roads.

The Versys falls somewhere in between the skate board stiff, rough ride of a sport bike and the magic carpet smooth float over the bumps ride of the 1190.

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Congrats. For years I searched for great deals on bikes. It allowed me to try different rides while building up my bike equity. During the recession the end of the last decade I started buying new leftover bikes or heavily discounted new bikes.

Now, I am thinking about retirement planning and have to decide what I want to carry into retirement so cost of ownership is becoming a big factor. Insurance, registration, maintenance, fuel economy. Am I still going to tour? Don't know.

Now I have a lot of bike equity, but it is harder to sell pricey bikes than $4000-$6000 bikes. My plan is to sell as I need to in hopes of keeping the addiction going as long as possible. If I reach a point that I can only afford a 25 year old bike so I can have the vintage tag that doesn't get renewed each year , I will still be happy to be in the wind.

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Congrats. For years I searched for great deals on bikes. It allowed me to try different rides while building up my bike equity. During the recession the end of the last decade I started buying new leftover bikes or heavily discounted new bikes.

Now, I am thinking about retirement planning and have to decide what I want to carry into retirement so cost of ownership is becoming a big factor. Insurance, registration, maintenance, fuel economy. Am I still going to tour? Don't know.

Now I have a lot of bike equity, but it is harder to sell pricey bikes than $4000-$6000 bikes. My plan is to sell as I need to in hopes of keeping the addiction going as long as possible. If I reach a point that I can only afford a 25 year old bike so I can have the vintage tag that doesn't get renewed each year , I will still be happy to be in the wind.
Sounds like a good plan. You are right about the more expensive bikes being harder to sell. This was a big factor in my decision to sell the 1190 before I racked up any more miles. I had it on Craigslist for a couple of months before I got a serious bite. I'm real happy to have it out of my garage before winter hits.
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