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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-19-2019, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Pricing help on 96SE

Hi all,

I have tried multiple searches and haven't really come up with much that was current.
I'm getting ready to purchase my first wing and have been looking at them online for a few months now trying to get a feel for condition mileage pricing. Today I came across a green one owner 96SE with a color match 97 escapade trailer with 19k miles for $5000. Both the bike and trailer are in very good condition. Bike has back rest, pass arm rests, highway boards, and air deflectors. My initial gut feeling is that the bike is priced fair and the trailer would be "free". How far off am I? I have looked on NADA and there seems to be a huge swing in prices.

I met the retired, very meticulous owner through a mutual friend and have no reason to doubt anything he has told me so far.
I haven't seen any of the maintenance records yet, just got a quick basic history.
Are there any areas of concern that I should key in on?

Any help is appreciated. Eric
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-20-2019, 01:26 AM
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Main concern: Have the timing belts been changed? I purchased a '97se with 24,900 miles last June from a dealer. I did insist on a new set of tires since the ones on it seemed almost as old as the bike. The one thing that I could not ascertain was whether the timing belts had ever been changed, sooo, it was the one major expense I ponied up for. If timing belts go your engine is toast. I have taken two major road trips so far and have had no issues. Runs great, looks great, and is very comfortable for long distance running. Good luck with whatever bike you end up with - it sounds like a great deal - is that 19k on the bike or the trailer? DW
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Sounds like a good deal to me. The 1500's are very reliable bikes an with that few miles the bike should give you many years of enjoyment. I would have the belts check at a dealer before purchasing. If all is good then, oil change, rear differential oil change and tires replaced if necessary. You should be good to go..

Maybe the current owner would give something towards any maint items.
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Around here, that would be a pretty decent price. Not the deal of the century, but good.

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Eric as Lou said...fair deal.

Actually as crazy at this will seem, you sometimes have more "small" issues with a low mileage bike. 1500's are very easy to work on once you get past your Tupperware removal fears. I can strip of the TW on my trike in about 1/2 hr now and as I said they are easy to work on. Even the timing belts are not a difficult job for a mechanically abled person.

A 1500 will yield years and years oh and more years of enjoyable riding and miles of road behind the machine.

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I would say that is to high a price for a 23 year old bike. Do you need the trailer? Trailer is worth about $1000 so your paying $4000 for the bike. Also supply and demand has a big influence on the price. If only a few are available the price can go up, if the market has a lot for sale the price will go down. As said before 2 things you need to check which will add a lot to the cost is tires on the bike and timing belt. A set of tires at a shop will run about $400+ installed and timing belts will probably run around 3 - 4 hours labor plus parts. If the bike has good tires and the belts have been changed offer him $4500 to start, he can always counter.There is a 94 SE here in Calif with 63000 miles, new tires and new battery and r4ecent service but it needs a set, they are asking $2000. Lots of low mileage 1500 wings for around $3000 out here

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It's hard for me to say sitting up here in Canada, but while it seems to be top dollar, if the bike wants for nothing, it's not a bad deal for the whole rig. But as Joe mentioned unless you really want/need the trailer, it may be window dressing you don't need to pony up for. Tires and timing belts should tell the story. That's easily $600 at a dealership or more so I'd offer no more than $4000 if that's the case. Like fossil says, once the skin is off, 1500's are pretty simple machines to maintain on your own if you are at all handy with tools.
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Timing belts and a set of tires and it's good for another 200,000 miles with regular maintenance. I put 210,000 on my 93 before I sold it. Myself I prefer the 1500 over the 1800, but that's just me.
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I greatly appreciate all the info.
I hope to meet up with the owner today to get more detailed information on the both of them. I have been mainly looking at bikes in the 94 to 99 year range. I haven't really been looking for a bike trailer combo since it would just be more money up front and I didn't know if I would want a trailer or not anyways. Since this would be my first wing it makes sense to me to start slow on my touring journey.
I can always trade up on down the road Most of the bikes in this area in this year range are listed in the 4k to 6k price range. Mileage being a huge factor it seems.

I have printed out a checklist that I found online so I don't miss anything. It has things that I'm sure I would have forgot to check, so it should help.

Wish me luck, Eric
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