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Motorcycle Values $ - Buying or selling? You will need the motorcycle values...

by: Daniel Levy

And Japanese Motorcycles Only is here to help!

There are basically two ways to obtain motorcycle values:

1.- In the books

2.- In the market


In the United States the two main pricing guides are: the Kelley Blue Book and the N.A.D.A. guides.

Personally I like very much the N.A.D.A. guides. They give faithful information about almost every motor vehicle produced since 1933, and several configuration options to help you get an accurate value of your motorcycle or the one you want to buy.

The National Automobile Dealers Association (N.A.D.A.) is nowadays the largest publisher of Appraisal Guides in the world. Their guides provide information for most of the motor vehicles ever made: cars, motorcycles, boats, recreation vehicles and more. Since 1933, N.A.D.A. has been helping buyers to make informative, responsible and safe decisions when buying motor vehicles.

The N.A.D.A. guide for motorcycles are better know as: the "Motorcycle Blue book".


Another way to check for prices is to look into your local market. You can do it online and/or offline. Search in the newspaper, bulletin boards, classified adds, E-Bay, shops, friends. Compare prices take a look at the physical condition of different used motorcycles.


Prices may vary (sometimes a lot) depending where in the world you are located in. So, always check in the books AND in your local market to get accurate values.

Enjoy the Ride!

Daniel Levy

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Kind of curious as to what price to make as "Best Offer" on a 1991 FLSTF Fatboy..w/ 5k miles..2-tone candy Red and Burgundy...at first look, the bike hasn't had a bath since '92, airborn dust mostly..the owner never rides, it needs tires, battery, fuel tank off and cleaned out..complete with a 10" oil/grease stain directly under the oil cooler...and... it is NOT running at this time for these reasons...for the most part, he never thought about selling until I mentioned it..and he said he didn't have a clue what the bike was worth...living here in Tampa, Fl the prices I've seen prices run between 8k and up to 18k based on a perfect bike that needs nothing...NADA suggest $5775 as their low retail..Kelley was slightly higher and dealer biased..I would not want to feel like I'm insulting him by offering something in the $6500.00 range since this will need some work and parts before being road ready..am I right to assume that $1000 or so can be expected for various mino r items, tires and a battery...all being equal this adds up to the fair market price of $7500...just could use a some experienced buyers help...
- Chuck

Without seeing it I can't really give you a number, but I can give you some advice that might help you figure out how much the bike is worth to you. The first thing you might want to do is have a qualified Harley mechanic check it out. They will be the most knowledgeable about how much work the bike will need. Next try to find a similar bike that sold in riding condition and subtract the repair bill. Now that you have a ballpark number you can start figuring out how much you want to offer.
James - WhyBike.com

I just totalled my '05 Shadow Spirit 750, and my insurance company deducted $1,300 from what they said they would "normally" cover because of "high miles" - I put 10,108 miles on it in just one year. Doesn't seem excessive to me.... What is the average mileage expected per year for a bike? What is considered "high miles"?
- Blakavar

According to the US Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, in 2003, 5,370,000 motorcycles traveled 9,539,000,000 total miles. This averages out to about 1,800 miles a year per motorcycle. I put on about 12,000 miles a year, but I commute on it every day and like to ride on my days off too. The insurance companies will try to squeeze as much money out of you as possible so be careful.
- James - WhyBike.com

Is buying a bike on e-bay safe ---I've seen busa's for under 4000 could this be real and there been any history of stolen bikes sold this way . thanks for any help.
- Kevin

Buying on eBay can be safe but you have to use common sense. Make sure that you ask the seller plenty of questions. If any of the answers sound fishy, don't bid. If you do win an auction, don't fall for a money scam. These include sending money via Western Union to Europe, or sending money to a third party. Personally I would not bid on a bike that I couldn't take a look at. Pick bikes withing driving distance and ask to take a look. Then you can exchange the money for the bike at the same time. Remember, if it looks to good to be true . . . It probably is.
James - WhyBike.com

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