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I'm afraid of listing in craigslist. Anytime I try to sell anything on there its nothing but scammers.

I'm thinking of selling my 2009 ninja 250. Has 1500 miles just about and I had it one year. It's been feeling like it's losing it's power lately. I've had pretty much all the maintenance done that was needed, oil, tires are great, brakes and chain are good. Took out carbs and cleaned them when I bought it. Used seafoam and kept the tank full during winter.

Takes a bit to warm up and idle right but after a few lights choke is off and it rides fine. I've ridden my friends cbr600rr and it just feels a lot better, the response and the power with the extra weight makes it more interesting to drive. I don't like the seating position though.

With that being said, when would be the best time to sell the bike? I also need time to save for another one too. Thinking of getting a z600r but not brand new of course. I wanna continue to rise this summer so I was thinking maybe save up some money and try to sell and buy a new bike by next spring ?

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Yep, Craigslist gets me one or two scammers per day. CycleTrader has brought me two buyers, and maybe 12 scammers. This forum, a Chicago-local forum, and a forum specific to my bike have yielded maybe 4 inquiries and relatively few scammers.

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Ive bought and sold a few things on craigslist. Meet them in a public place when they overlook the bike and you do the transaction. Then the email scammers are usually obvious. Guns might be a bad idea.. if I was buying something and the guy had a gun, especially concealed, id be scared shitless.
 

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Ive bought and sold a few things on craigslist. Meet them in a public place when they overlook the bike and you do the transaction. Then the email scammers are usually obvious. Guns might be a bad idea.. if I was buying something and the guy had a gun, especially concealed, id be scared shitless.
The key is that the other guy doesn't know you have a gun. It's there just in case he tries to rob you. A guy here recently got killed meeting someone at a mall from Craigslist about an iPad.

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get hit.

insurance companies love buying bikes.
 
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The last time I sold a bike on eBay, the number of scammers I signed up for free gay porn was WAY higher than any bike I ever sold on CL. Plus, the auction price didn't get as high as I felt I would gotten holding out for an ad on CL. But I needed it gone, so I put up with a week of bull shit. CL has seems to bring out a bunch Arabian Princes and people with "cash in hand" on the first couple of days. But it's been a pretty positive experience.

It was much better than the local "penny saver"-type paper. I did a commission as there, got no calls and was still charged the full amount of my commission ad...
 

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I've noticed I can find just about any bike on there. Usually they stay listed too for quite some time. With the summer ending soon I don't think selling now would be a good time.

I'm thinking of maybe beginning of spring next year and I can start saving money towards the new bike now. This way, I could have enough by next season and all I would need to do is get rid of the old one.

I guess what's daunting is that no one may buy it. I don't have a gun or permit to carry so my best bet would be to have them meet me somewhere with lots of people around. Also I've never taken the 250 on the highway here, the few times it's crapped out and stalled on me made me worry, that and it just doesn't have the power for the way idiots drive on a three lane highway here.

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Yeah, the few people I've met, I always get their full name and give them mine. If I can find their house or profile on the internet I feel a little better before I meet them. I always meet them in a bank parking lot. Lots of security cameras at a bank.

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Yeah, the few people I've met, I always get their full name and give them mine. If I can find their house or profile on the internet I feel a little better before I meet them. I always meet them in a bank parking lot. Lots of security cameras at a bank.

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That's a good idea. I'm unsure if I should list it now or wait. I would like to continue riding it this summer. I also don't want to sell off season.

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As a not-so-proud member of Craigslist Anonymous, I spend a lot of time cruising my local Craigslist on any given day. I guess it could be worse, I limit myself to my local area, as opposed to some friends who search locally and every CL within 200 miles!!!

I have bought/sold 6 bikes via CL since last spring and I haven't had any bad experiences yet. But you have to come up with rules that make you feel comfortable. I, for instance, haven't met someone in a public place yet, And I even bought a bike on 8 mile once!! What I like to do:

1) If you're showing up to look at a bike you're going to buy, never bring money. That means they won't have anything they could take from you, and in my experience it gives you an edge negotiating

2) bring someone with you. I like to bring a buddy, or my father, or anyone else that is available. But, I have gone alone because:

3) have a lot of conversations with them before meeting. Email/text them. Whatever you feel comfortable with. Ask them to send you more pictures of the bike (if the ad has no pictures I pass). Preferably talk to them on the phone and get a feel for their personality.

4) as someone said, bring a gun if you must. I personally don't feel like this should ever be neccesary (I almost sound like a liberal!). But if it makes you feel better, than by all means. Just try not to use it, unless you're in FL, then go for it (now that definitely sounded liberal!).

5) if selling: dont give test rides. Don't take checks. Don't sign the title until you have the cash in hand. I like to leave the title inside until we've met and talked and hashed out a price.

6) I don't like to put my phone number on CL. I got a lot of spam texts (you can avoid that by typing something like 5five5-eight10-4eight5six, makes it harder to spam). Have them email you and from there you can decide whether you want to go via the phone or just keep it via email.

In my experience, prices don't fluctuate much at all with the seasons in my area. You'll find the best deal by finding someone that is desperate. Medical expenses, house down payment, broken down car, etc. Those things can happen any time throughout the year so you have to keep prowling and find the right deal for you (I got a mint '07 ZX6R with less than 3000 miles for $3800 in June which I think was a darn good deal!!). When you go to look at a bike do your research and try to bring someone that knows bikes if you don't know them yourself. Do a once over. A dirty/kinked chain shows, to me, a bike that has probably been neglected in other ways. Use the internet and look up known issues for your generation of bikes. For instance, 05/06 ninjas can fry ECUs. Early 6th generation VFRs have weak charging systems. Ask the owner if its exhibited the symptoms or ever had the problem part replaced. If they have maintenance history/receipts its worth looking at but in my opinion doesn't mean much.

On the flip side: When you go to sell you don't want to be rushed. Say you list your ninja for $2800 (common selling price around here), i'm sure you'll get a ton of emails saying "Hey i'll give you 2200" or "I only have $2300" etc etc. Patience is your best friend when selling the bike. If you know you want to sell it, list it for what you want and don't ever budge. Theres a sucker born every minute and eventually you'll find someone who, right or wrong, will pay your asking price. I like to start a couple hundred over what I want/expect to get and that way they can get a "deal" while I still get what I want. I've sold all my bikes in less than a week (a couple sold in a day) and the only time I took less than I wanted to was because I needed to flip the money over to get another bike (lesson learned, don't rush the sale!)

This is my personal philosphy on buying/selling bikes on CL. Its, to me, the best place to go to look for used bikes. I don't like ebay because of the fees and also you can't really avoid dealing with people that aren't local. I've never used cycletrader

Also, if you want top dollar for your bike, do everything you can to make it look new. Shine everything you can see, make sure the chain is the right tension, tires are inflated to the right pressures, oil is full (but not too full!). Make sure it starts easily and quickly every time (some people who have starting issues in cold weather will have the bike warm when you show up. This could possibly mean it doesnt cold start well which would be bad!).

Good luck. Take it easy on whatever 600 you get because its going to be a whole other animal from your 250, and you haven't ridden that too much
 

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I have comprehensive and collision on my plan so if they steal it I get like $2100 or whatever it's worth after the $500 deductible. I'm taking in for inspection and then I'll find out if anything needs fixed up. I haven't inspected it in a while so who knows. As far as I know everything has been in working order.

I'll put an add in CL later this week and see what I can get. This way, I'll save that money and probably try and buy a new bike off season for less. The fz6r is rare here and they are usually priced used about 1k less than at a dealership.

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The key is that the other guy doesn't know you have a gun. It's there just in case he tries to rob you. A guy here recently got killed meeting someone at a mall from Craigslist about an iPad.

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Why you gotta scare me? And yeah if its not seen itd be ok
 
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