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Old 06-01-2012, 02:17 AM
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Anyone here ever bought a whole bike on eBay? Every now and then I see a deal that sounds too good to pass on. Trouble is I am the paranoid type and assume every deal is a trick to swindle me out of my hard earned cash and/or murder me.

J/K about that last part... What are your thoughts or experiences on flying out to pick up a bike you've never ridden so you can drive it hundreds of miles home?

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Old 06-01-2012, 02:22 AM
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I think it sounds no bueno. I'd hate to show up, on a one-way ticket...and find out the bike is a crapper. That would be pretty ****ty.
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In 2007 I bought a new (left over) 2004 RM 125 for $2900 on ebay. It was a 5 hour drive to pick up, and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again. It was new, and from a dealer, so for me it was a no brainer. Previously I bought a used and highly modified bike from a forum ad, and it also was fine. Both bikes were in the US, and I'm in Canada. For me it was key to get their phone # and talk to them. I got a good feeling both times. If I didn't, I would not have done it.
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bought my KDX200 off ebay and drove 250 miles or so to pick it up, it's fine
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I bought my 2009 KLX 250s on Ebay with no issues. Ask lots of questions to the seller, see their Ebay ratings and ask for more photos of the item if you need too. Usually, you will have to put down a deposit and then pay the seller the rest of the cash when you pick up the item. If that does not work, then bring a gun....
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ask for more photos of the item
...including some household or other common item of your choosing to help prove they're real new photos and not something they snagged off someone else's ad to con people.
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today, i just used my phone to do a video demonstration of my bicycle lights because a person on ebay requested it....when you are buying a "used" item, you should be asking as many questions, and requesting pictures and videos....if the seller has nothing to hide, they should be more than happy to provide that for an internet sale...

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for something like a motorcycle, i would even ask them to hold up a newspaper to a video camera to show the date, hold their hand on the header to show it's cold, start the engine and let it idle without choke after it warms for few minutes, twist the throttle and even show a ride demonstration....if i was a honest seller, i would definitely provide a video like this...
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I've bought 2 bikes (KLR and a KTM) on ebay and they were both better than described. The sellers went way out of their way to describe every little thing that could be an issue. That's just what I do when I sell a bike, so I appreciated the effort both times.
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All good advice. Sounds like some of you drove out with a trailer to pick up your purchase. That would be ideal. The reason I got to thinking about all this was I saw good deal on a KLR in Brooklyn, NY. I can back a trailer and all that, but parallel parking with one in Brooklyn... Forgeta bout it
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Look at the sellers feedback. I usually try to stay away from people that have less than 97 or 98% feedback. All my experiences on ebay have been great! Of course I've never bought anything like a bike or somethin, just small parts.
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