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Unconventional Ways of Selling Your Motorcycle

Spencer sent in an email looking for help selling his motorcycle. He’s tried “everything” we listed in our How to Sell a Motorcycle post with no great success, likely due to it being dead of winter. We’re not giving up on him though. Here are a few more, albeit unconventional ways of selling your motorcycle.

First, Spencer’s email.

“Hi Gents,

I read all your how to sell a motorcycle tips. They aren’t working mate. The only classified folks are trying to dupe me, and its been a nightmare. I want to have my Suzuki Inazuma sold in time for the February MCN London Motorcycle Show. What else should I try?”

– Spencer P.

Hey Spencer, sorry if our tips didn’t help. I outright refuse to give up on you though. Here are a few more tips to try out… they aren’t as conventional, but hey, consider this our “B-List” of things to try.

Unconventional Ways of Selling Your Motorcycle

Motorcycle for Sale
1) Drop the Price – We alluded to this in Tip #8 of 10 Tips on How to Sell a Motorcycle, but sometimes motorcycle sellers are out of tune with the right pricing for their vehicle. This can be due to a number of things:

– Sellers pricing the vehicle based on how much money they owe on it.
– Sellers pricing the vehicle based on the cost of modifications to the vehicle.
– Sellers pricing the vehicle based on sentimental value.

These points all have little to no impact on the motorcycle’s actual market value. If it’s not moving, consider dropping the price, or at the very least, make sure your price is in line with the other Inazumas. Cool looking little bike by the way.

2) Wait it Out – It’s January in the UK. How many people are really looking to buy a motorcycle at this time of year? If you aren’t hard pressed for cash, consider waiting until the spring to sell your bike. Your motorcycle may actually appreciate, rather than depreciate in value, between now and four months from now. Think about it.

3) Sell to a Dealer – If on the other hand you are in dire need of cash or simply don’t want to wait four months to sell your motorcycle, that’s fine too. You mentioned that you’re from around London? Ok. Take a look at Metropolis Motorcycles, they’ve got a blurb on their front page saying that they “are in desperate need of pre-owned Motorcycles & Scooters.” Give them and whoever your current dealer/garage/parts supplier a ring and see what kind of offers you get.

4) Post it to Social Media – Funny thing about Facebook: everyone quietly (or not so quietly) watches what you have. When I simply posted that my trusty rusty 1998 Volkswagen was going to be going up for sale I had four “Friends” offer to buy it within three days – I never even had to list it on the classifieds.

5) Go Old School – Last but not least, leave it on a high traffic corner, with a sign taped to it with a price and your phone number, letting people know the bike is for sale. It sounds ridiculous, but it works. That’s how I found the car that I replaced my old Volkswagen with!

Hey, we promised you unconventional tips for selling your motorcycle… but if you want our more typical ones, click here. Good luck, Spencer!

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6 comments

  1. No offense to whoever wrote this blog, but there’s not much unconventional about any of these “ways to sell”. In fact, I’m surprised “Put it on Kijiji and eBay” didn’t make the list.

    Try these: Sit your girlfriend on your bike… TOPLESS… at the corner of King and Queen streets, holding a sign that says “50% OFF”. (get it?)

    Or… take your bike down to main street and suspend it by its front wheel from the hook of a borrowed/rented towtruck, with the sign, “Found this. Want it? Call 555-1212”

    Now THAT would be unconventional!

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