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1974 850 Commando

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Re: 1974 850 Commando

Postby Cycle Goon » Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:47 am

I hope that line of thinking doesn't apply to your woman :lol:

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Re: 1974 850 Commando

Postby grandpaul » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:04 am

If you don't need the money all at once, and have time on your hands, you can always part it out on ebay and probably get $10K over time...
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Re: 1974 850 Commando

Postby jaguar » Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:47 am

Ive only ever parted one bike out and it was terrible!..
Took for ever, people are nuts and you end up getting stuck with a pile of stuff in the back of the garage after.

I know what people are paying for projects (sold a few). and know the amount of work/parts in this bike.
If no one else values that then Ill just have a well sorted bike this spring.

People arent even reading my listing.
Cant tell you how many people have said it was way to expensive because the carbs need to be replaced with new ones, or telling me how expensive it is to replace the isolastics.....
My bike has brand new Amal Permire carbs AND new adjustable isolastics....

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Re: 1974 850 Commando

Postby grandpaul » Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:09 am

Spring is coming, THAT'S when you sell a bike...
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Re: 1974 850 Commando

Postby grandpaul » Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:28 am

FWIW, I just RE-Sold a '70 Commando cafe racer for $8K.

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Re: 1974 850 Commando

Postby jaguar » Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:27 am

Good looking bike.

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Re: 1974 850 Commando

Postby grandpaul » Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:48 am

jaguar wrote:Good looking bike.

Thanx.

I started the bidding at $6,500 with an $8K "Buy It Now", and the guy snapped it up.
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Re: 1974 850 Commando

Postby Cycle Goon » Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:16 pm

grandpaul wrote:If you don't need the money all at once, and have time on your hands, you can always part it out on ebay and probably get $10K over time...
F THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Parting out ANYTHING sucks!!!!!!!!!!!! I would assume burn something to the ground before parting it out

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Re: 1974 850 Commando

Postby o0norton0o » Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:26 pm

Jaguar,.... People see 1980 honda 750's for sale that run and ride well for $1,500. They have no clue what it costs to make a commando into a reliable daily rider. They see your bike and have no clue how much better it would be to buy a "reliable daily rider" than some jackass's "all there" $3,000. project bike that hasn't run in 10 years... *But it ran when I took it off the road!!! (probably NOT)

People don't know... You know who does know?? People who have rebuilt their bikes themselves... and those people aren't generally buying a bike like yours. They try and find cheaper "non-runners" and use their skill set to make them into a much more valuable bike.

Guys who want to buy a finished Commando generally seem to want a "trailer queen" with perfect paint and chrome than a reliable rider, regardless of the fact that the best buy is a bike like yours, because any dope can do the cosmetic work to make runner look really good...

Don't let it get you down... As Paul said, spring is approaching and some aging hippy will have his midlife crisis and the bike will sell...
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Re: 1974 850 Commando

Postby jaguar » Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:00 pm

Funny about the Honda comparison.
Yeah the 80s DOHC bikes are stupid cheap. BUT the SOHC ones are still big money.
I actually started messing with SOHC Cb750s because I couldnt afford a Brit bike, but now I find people pay MORE for a SOHC Honda then a Norton.
Will also argue that a Honda is MORE money to get going after a few decades in a barn!

It does seem that the "market" wants fully restored bikes, or projects.
This is odd to me because most other markets are laughing at restored stuff and WANT original and unrestored.

Few guys have seen the period "upgrade" parts on mine as a real negative. I guess that is a personal thing, to me I was thrilled to find this. I would have started with an original bike and made something like this anyway.

100% agree that members of forums and other clubs want to tinker and "add value".

Like I have said, there are worse things to have in my garage.
Was just shocked how many people were aggressive about how the price should be $3k!
Im down to work with someone, but I have had ZERO reasonable offers.
Only one person came to see/ride the bike. Unsure why he passed.

Maybe I will try and dress it up for an ebay listing in April.
Maybe I will mount that KILLER Cambery wheels I have for it and ride it.
Maybe I will tear it down to make it prettier.
Maybe I will just toss it in the back of the garage for another day.

I think my main ride will be my new Scrambler.
But at the end of the day these Hondas do seem to have more of a market.
People assume they will be "easier" to live with. Also they find it easier to talk about at starbucks, and that is really what matters...
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Re: 1974 850 Commando

Postby profdave » Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:50 am

Did my Honda thing years ago. The cafe that Grandpaul sold is not my style, but a real handsome bike. I wanted one once. I don't want a project or a trailer queen, just an honest reliable rider (preferably a roadster, maybe a fastback or interstate) and I will keep looking. I liked your bike, but you (jaguar) know it wasn't what I was looking for. At this stage in my life, I want what I want . That's all any of us can do. Ride on.

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Re: 1974 850 Commando

Postby Cycle Goon » Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:47 am

Stop being a whining bitch and put it on Ebay already. I put my 82 R100 RT on Ebay and sold it in 4 days to a guy from CT.

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Re: 1974 850 Commando

Postby grandpaul » Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:17 am

profdave wrote:I liked your bike, but you (jaguar) know it wasn't what I was looking for. At this stage in my life, I want what I want.

For the price, you could swap out the seat, handlebars & footpegs, and have a nice standard rider. Selling off the fairing, seat, rearsets & clip-ons would net more than you spend on the standard bits, I suspect. About one weekend's work, maybe less than one Saturday if you focus, leaving Sunday for the test ride. Heck, Jag would probably do the swap for you!
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Re: 1974 850 Commando

Postby jaguar » Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:04 pm

Cycle Goon wrote:Stop being a whining bitch and put it on Ebay already. I put my 82 R100 RT on Ebay and sold it in 4 days to a guy from CT.


Probably should.

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Re: 1974 850 Commando

Postby grandpaul » Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:43 pm

You're still about a month early for all the east coast buyers to be ready to spend...
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