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Offline AJC500

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Buying an old classic
« on: February 23, 2019, 09:59:49 AM »
Laughed at this - decoding adverts for classic bikes -
 
What they say                                       What they mean
Rare bike                                             No one wanted it in 1985 either
Good investment                                        Cant possibly depreciate any more
Easy restoration                                         Took it to bits, havent lost many parts
90% complete                                            Took it to bits, have lost too many parts
Just needs carbs setting-up                          Tried everything, still wont run properly
Rare colours                                                Its not brown/beige, its urban tiger
One-off paint scheme                                   Its been crashed
Polished frame                                             Its been badly crashed (or stolen)
Needs engine work                                       Was seized, but I freed it off
Rebuilt engine                                              New spark plugs
Turns over but we havent run it                    Because it needs a full rebuild
One owner                                                   Cant sell it
Many new parts                                            Always breaking down
Will sail through MoT                                     No it wont
Low mileage                                                 New clocks fitted
Tuned engine                                               Doesnt run right
No offers                                                     Thats why its still for sale
Lost the V5                                                  Its stolen
Selling for a friend who
Has moved abroad                                      Its stolen
Doesnt have eBay account                          Its stolen
Doesnt have computer                                Its stolen
Is working abroad                                        Its stolen
 :745:
Full article is here - https://www.bennetts.co.uk/bikesocial/classic-bikesocial/buying-advice/how-to-buy-your-first-classic-bike
The Story So Far.........
2017 and 2018: 8000miles recreational use - 89.82mpg UK; 74.79mpg US; 3.14litres/100km

Offline Jonathan

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Re: Buying an old classic
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2019, 10:05:44 AM »
*Originally Posted by AJC500 [+]
Laughed at this - decoding adverts for classic bikes -
 
What they say                                       What they mean
Rare bike                                             No one wanted it in 1985 either
Good investment                                        Cant possibly depreciate any more
Easy restoration                                         Took it to bits, havent lost many parts
90% complete                                            Took it to bits, have lost too many parts
Just needs carbs setting-up                          Tried everything, still wont run properly
Rare colours                                                Its not brown/beige, its urban tiger
One-off paint scheme                                   Its been crashed
Polished frame                                             Its been badly crashed (or stolen)
Needs engine work                                       Was seized, but I freed it off
Rebuilt engine                                              New spark plugs
Turns over but we havent run it                    Because it needs a full rebuild
One owner                                                   Cant sell it
Many new parts                                            Always breaking down
Will sail through MoT                                     No it wont
Low mileage                                                 New clocks fitted
Tuned engine                                               Doesnt run right
No offers                                                     Thats why its still for sale
Lost the V5                                                  Its stolen
Selling for a friend who
Has moved abroad                                      Its stolen
Doesnt have eBay account                          Its stolen
Doesnt have computer                                Its stolen
Is working abroad                                        Its stolen
 :745:
Full article is here - https://www.bennetts.co.uk/bikesocial/classic-bikesocial/buying-advice/how-to-buy-your-first-classic-bike

not forgetting the oxymoron..."future classic"

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Re: Buying an old classic
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2019, 01:44:53 PM »
 :008: 100% accurate.

Missing (grammar mistake on purpose):

$1,000's in add-on's = I added each one up added that to base value of the bike because I think I'll get a 100% return on my money.

Negotiable/OBO = I'm flexible within about $50-100 of my asking price.

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Re: Buying an old classic
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2019, 01:55:44 PM »
I have found generally that today's Lemon is tomorrow's classic, and normally a big money pit!!

But I still have a couple!!!

 


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