‘Cash in when the time is right’

Do some re­search and an­tic­i­pate the mar­ket to max­imise profit

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

I’ve got to sell an­other bike or two. I’ve been clear­ing stuff out over the last cou­ple of months but I’ve still not got all that much space, so some­thing’s got to go.

First off is my clas­sic BMW R60/6. I bought this off a mate three years ago, when val­ues were around the £2500 mark for one as clean as this. I paid £2200 on mates rates and he got my Guzzi Cal­i­for­nia cheap in re­turn, so all was fair and square. It’s now worth around £3500, and I think it’s time to cash in. Be­sides, I’ve still got my tuned BMW R100RS, and no­body needs two old air­head BMWS, do they?

Then there’s the 75-miles-from­new 1978 Honda CG125 I bought a year ago. I’d get my money back on that for sure, but prices haven’t yet started ris­ing for the early Ja­panese-built CGS like they have for the OHC CB se­ries. But they will.

I’ve ac­quired a com­plete cylin­der head assem­bly for the Honda CD200 Benly that turned out to have only sea-level com­pres­sion on one pot. I’m hop­ing it’s just a dropped valve, but there may be pis­ton dam­age as well. I won’t know un­til I’ve lifted the head off, any­way.

Prices of these things are start­ing to rise as well. Time was, a few years ago, when £500 was all you needed for a nice orig­i­nal one, but now av­er­age ex­am­ples are chang­ing hands for £750 or so and start­ing money for a good one is a grand.

In­ter­est­ingly, I’ve no­ticed two ex­am­ples reap­pear for sale on ebay af­ter sup­pos­edly be­ing sold be­fore, which sug­gests that the first buyer, in each case, found some­thing nasty in the wood­work. It’s al­ways worth check­ing a seller’s his­tory to see if the bike you’re buy­ing has popped up be­fore. One of them might be the bike I walked away from the other day. So sell­ing for a proper profit is all about tim­ing. NEXT WEEK Fancy hav­ing a bit on the side?

Honda CG125 prices are about to go through the roof... maybe

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