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    Greetings all! I hope this forum is as helpful as my Yamaha Jet Boat forum is! Anyway, by chance my neighbor (who has a couple similar bikes and this one was sitting around) has a sweet looking 2006 TW200 with 1400 miles on it, never been off road. We were joking around yesterday about bikes, etc and he said I needed to get one to "run around with" at my beach house. He said the wife will love it. BELIEVE IT OR NOT the wife saw it out in my driveway this morning (neighbor thought it would be funny and put it in my driveway last night) and the wife actually commented, unsolicited, that "that would be cool to have at the beach to run errands with."



    The bike is perfect mechanically, no doubt. My neighbor is a superb mechanic and in fact is rebuilding both a Seadoo and a yamaha jet engine on 2 boats, as we speak. So as to the mechanics of the bike, that's not my concern - it's near perfect. Plus, I used to ride 30 years ago - larger cruisers but haven't been on one since 1983. I could do most repairs/maintenance myself back in the day.



    He said I could have it for 3 grand. I had no idea of the pricing so I went to NADA and say retail around 14-1900. So I am in a quandary. What's a fair price for the bike? Mind you, this guy fixes my stuff on occasion and always will help out. I just paid him back last week with a ten grand settlement on his 87 jeep, which was tapped in a parking lot wreck and the insurance company only offered him 2 grand for the jeep,totaled. It wasn't totaled and I sued and settled for 10K. ON A 25 yr old jeep! Of course, I didn't charge him a cent when most lawyers will suck 33% out of him. I don't operate that way as on my street, the guys always help each other out and this was the first time in 20 years I could return his favors over the years. The point is, he's a good dude. Anyway, I figured he was hooking me up at 3 grand, until I saw the NADA price.



    Seems not a hook up, but I will be defer to you all, who are the experts. Thanks in advance for your opinions!



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    See thread is this subforum titled '$3000 for a 2001". Same discussion pertains. In my eyes its not really fair to say "I got mine for . . .". We all like bargains, but not all of us get them. For me a known bike is worth bigger price than an unknown or dubious one. Compare what you are paying with the out the door price at a dealer and you are saving money for the few miles that it has on it. JMHO. The bottom line is the bike is fun. Tom
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    Chances are if he puts it on CL it won't fetch $3k. One in San Diego with similar mileage sold a few months ago for $2,100...down from the original asking price of $2,500. I'd share the BB value with him, and offer $2k and see where it goes...couldn't hoyt.
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    I bought my 2008 for $3400 BRAND NEW. If is stock and a 2001...no way $3000 is a good deal.
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    Thanks for the help. Anyone else gonna' chime in? Would 2K be fair to all? Or still too much? Are these bikes as famous/popular as he is claiming? Thanks!

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    MSRP in '06 was $3749.



    2K would be fair, slightly biased toward buyer. 2.5K biased toward seller.



    West coast values. YMMV



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    For what it's worth I just picked up a MINT condition 2003 with 2k miles for $1600.00. And when I say mint I mean spotless. At 3K for a used bike spend the extra 400 and go NEW

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    Quote Originally Posted by TWBUSHMAN View Post
    For what it's worth I just picked up a MINT condition 2003 with 2k miles for $1600.00. And when I say mint I mean spotless. At 3K for a used bike spend the extra 400 and go NEW




    New bikes are well north of 4k. Some body on here got a NOS bike for 3800, supposedly, but that is the lowest i've heard lately.





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    OC,

    Seems like you are a guy that believes in being a good neighbor, so I will impart a bit of wisdom it took me 50+ years to figure out.

    You can be as good of a neighbor as you want, doesn't mean it will be reciprocated.



    3K is a steep price for an '06. There is some comfort in knowing the history, but I won't buy/sell to my friends anymore. I would rather have the friendship than the deal. And if things go sour, which they could, you are left living next to an adversary.



    Ole Dad used to say "Never crap in your own backyard".





    Good luck.



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    Post Script, as for your other question, yes, these bikes are great nitch bikes. I think of them as the Canoe of the motorcycle world. Capable of nearly anything reasonable, if your patient.
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    1st) I completely agree with Bagger. Deals betweens friends can be the worste idea.



    2nd) What else is included in that price? Since he's a mechanic I would expect him to have spare parts (chains, gaskets, filters, etc.), does it have racks or anything else on it? Is he including future maintance on the bike (oil changes, etc.)? Did you ask him if that is the friend price, not the stranger price?



    Worse case just be honest with him and tell him you like it, want it, but just not at that price and if he could do better you would be interested. Leave it up to him to come up with a better offer, rather than making him an offer that he might find insulting.
    Forever grateful for all your help brother
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