‘Say hello my piece of the auction action’
Yes, I did it. I bought my BMW R100RS, and for a grand less than I’d budgeted.
I now own a super-clean 1980 R100RS with a year’s MOT, 51,000 miles (that’s nothing for an old airhead), panniers, Corbin seat plus the hard-to-find original, panniers, aftermarket taller screen, electronic ignition, twin-plug heads (a superb mod, improving both power and economy), and a massive archive including the notification of the front wheel being replaced under recall in 1982.
I won the ebay auction for £3001. That was £1 more than the second-highest bidder, who must have been cursing. There are lessons here. The first is to sellers – don’t have your auction end during working hours – in this case, 4.18pm. Not everyone has access to a computer 24/ 7, and before you say ‘smartphone’ people tend to forget to bid when they’re busy at work.
Secondly, for buyers – look for additional clues. In one of the pics of the RS, there was a cleaning bucket in the background, with a pair of yellow rubber gloves hanging on it – suggesting a fastidious owner. Finally, never bid a round number. I placed a few exploratory bids, and in the last 15 seconds, decided to go for broke. I’d just been outbid at £2800. The next minimum bid would have been £2850. But if I was outbid at that, I wouldn’t have time to bid again. I decided to go for £3001 on the basis that if someone had bid £3000, the first bid placed would have won it, not mine. Someone had, and I pipped them by a quid.
Why shopping for scooters is never fun
A bit of ebay cunning bagged Neil this bargain R100RS