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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-03-2014, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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To Part or not to Part . . . that is the quesion!

Back in May I bought an '83 Interstate and have put money, time, blood, sweat (I live in Florida!), and, well, no tears, into it. It was running great and was beginning to look quite nice and then back in October it started running poorly over a period of about a week. I did some troubleshooting to figure out what has gone wrong but I'm not very good at it and now I can't even get it started. Because the bug to ride had bitten so badly, I went out and bought an '04 1800. I am loving the new (to me) ride and don't plan on putting any more of the above mentioned items into the '83. So, I've been planning on parting it out to recoup some of my investment. Those of you who have done this, is it worth the time tearing down, cleaning, posting, and shipping? Would it be better to try to sell it as is or would I take a huge beating on it?
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Just so you are aware, you will probably end up with a lot of stuff that just won't sell. As far as how far in the hole you are going to go, well, I don't know how much you paid.

Why not put the whole bike up on *that* aution site, less hassle, and it's all gone as one.

I've parted out cars before, it took a long time, but I was lucky, I sold everything as the car was very very rare (Citroën SM). The GL1100 is not that rare.

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Yeah there are always a lot of parts you end up stuck with that wont sell. I have parted out a lot of bikes & you end up with quite a bit left over usually. I don't know what you have in it but it might be worth just selling whole if you don't want parts laying around for ever. I know you put a lot of sweat in it I am in Florida to a couple hours from you.
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Paul, I am looking for a GL1100 to add to the collection. If you decide to sell it, send me some pics and your asking price. Maybe we can work something out.


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I've done both when I had my shop. You can realize a bit more money out of the bike by parting out but it's a lot of work to get good prices. I always cleaned up each part I sold on eBay which took some time and effort. Then there's the packaging and getting the part shipped. When you have a bunch of parts on sale it's a bit of a pain listing them all then keeping track of what each auction is doing. Most of the sales I made were okay it was just the amount of effort a bunch of small sales take.
If I were you I'd sell the bike for parts. It's a quick clean way to realize some money and will help someone who's working to get a good old machine running again. Did I mention a lot easier?

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I technically "parted out" two vehicles, a VW cabrio and a BMW 540i. Not the whole cars, but a big group of parts. I did it all on flea bay. I used a scale that was tested to within a couple ounces of the one at my post office and measured each box perfectly to enter in the info for their "shipping calculator". It was under estimated on EVERY package, to the point that when the stack of parts was gone and I tallied it up, I grossed about $1600 total and only netted about $450. I was pretty upset, but all ebay had to say was "try to contact the buyers and see if they'll make up the difference". I haven't sold anything on there since.

Moral of the story is, parting out is a lot of work and you have to watch your back or that's where you'll take it... but if you do it right (not my way) there is potential for more return.

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Well first off if you EBAY DO NOT use any of their JUNK!!

Just do a simple listing with good details and description and host your own pictures on a free site you can link to, or like me my own site. Do not pay there stupid fees for extra pics or put up with the stupid pages of pics ther do that do not display well for many of us.

As for shipping, figure it out for yourself then put in the shipping cost in your listing!
DO NOT let Ebay figure it for you!
If for example your shipping from FL. then figure cost to ship to WA. and put that or a little less as your shipping price.
Figure the longest distance and estimate your package a little heavier than it will be.
Try not to gouge on the shipping, but at least you cover your butt on it.

If YOU figure shipping is $20 then you charge $20, do not let Ebay estimate at $10 shipping then you pay the $20!

As far as rather to part it out or sell it as a whole bike, it's a crap shoot.
You may make more $$ in parts, but how much time and shipping costs, Paypal Fees, and if Ebay their fees?
Taking less as a whole bike not running may be worth more as a fast sell you don't have to mess with and could be doing other things or out riding instead of stripping and cleaning parts.


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For me time and shop space were the biggest considerations. It takes a lot of time. I found that the sales go pretty good to a point and then they almost stop. I was left with half a bike in the garage, too expensive to put back on the road, so I was about to haul frame, eng, forks and wheels to a wrecking yard
when I sold the rest to a guy for a trike project. That took close to 2 years. I
won't be doing that again. Thankfully I broke even.


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If I did not already have so many projects already. I would consider looking at this. I would like to build an old stripped down wing.
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I have found that with me now living in a very rural area, it is next to impossible for me to be able to sell anything "locally".

And shipping out now via the USPO is so expensive, oh my garsh...
I dropped nearly $60 sending out Christmas gifts. Would have been a lot cheaper to just point and click on the internet and let them do it for me.

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