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elefantrider

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Read the description. He is selling cases, frame and a title here.

This was a running bike torn down, and parted out for maximum profit.

Seems plain wrong to me, but I guess if he could sell the whole bike for as much, he would?
 
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They are a bit notorious for this. Wouldn't it be nice if they got it right....It's a series one 70 !!!
Tought to blame them, who would pay for the whole bike? any titled complete bike should get $1750-$3000 as a core.
I was "given" 3 commando rather than have them junked. I've got over a dozen basket case commando's. However I keep them for research subjects and I have at least one of each year and both 73 750/850 versions.
A down side is they end up with a lot of not really sellable rusty crap, and a garbage fiberglass tank.
My two first bikes were a combat was $225 and the MKIII for $100. My combat final tally was about $3100 with left over "goodies" and the MKIII ended up driveable for $1100.
 

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While I remain steadfast in my belief that a seller may do as they please with any bike they want to sell (legally), I really do NOT appreciate parting out running bikes, and would NEVER do so, no matter how much money I could make doing it.
 

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I know we like to beat up bike breakers.

But... where do folk think all the second hand spares come from...?
 

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Did that for a dozen years, 2-3 trips a year!

Would love to do it again, but I'll be 72 when the youngest turns 18 and is done with school. Just not the same as when I was 50...

I know a bloke who did the entire R66, on a Harley, at 74 years of age.

Don‘t write yourself off too early folks !
 
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Does 'running' automatically equate to: 'roadworthy?' May have been beyond economic repair. Doubtless as a trader he'd have chased maximum return, which obviously wasn't the complete bike as a whole..
 

Time Warp

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Machivmotors changed some years ago (I used to buy a lot of parts from them)

What they started doing more than usual was part out really nice bikes at low starting bids to the point it looked like they would be losing money.
It was almost like someone there hated motorcycles and wanted to part them out as punishment or to annoy people.
But they would part out near anything, I still have a set of very nice TR5T indicators that included the unobtainiium, only for two years front mounts for them, that was back when their shipping charges were reasonable (That changed so stopped bidding for the most part but the last set of very nice 20M3S cases came from them at $128 + post)
Cheap enough that customs here stopped them thinking the cost was bogus, easy fixed by sending them the auction which showed the winning bid and the engine number.

I remember a very nice TRW 500, parted out to nothing.
 

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I know a bloke who did the entire R66, on a Harley, at 74 years of age.
Don‘t write yourself off too early folks !
Not writing myself off, so much as I'll be expected to have the wyfe along, so long M/C road trips are OUT. We'll maybe tow 2 bikes on a trailer, but that would be the extent of it.
 
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There should be laws against destroying classic bikes which could be returned to service regardless that we should be forced into using after-market parts. After all some of the bits aren't bad, or are at least minor improvements.... Few enough have survived and I believe them to be an important part of MC history which more folks should be able to experience, but with breaking them up numbers only continue to decline sadly enough.
 

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Perhaps the flip side is, if the bikes being parted out were that good they would have been snapped up by others and a business I doubt would buy a bike that would part out for less than a profit. (So the purchase price must have been attractive)

The reality is there are still 1000's of bikes of all make and model out there unused if you have the inclination to look for them (as those folk do)
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When I got my last Sunbeam there was a complete first year (1949) S8 right beside it, the elderly seller offered it to me for $3800 (US$2684 - £2074) saying you could even part it out.
Not my bag I said and as it turned out crossed paths with the eventual buyer, it is probably all but back on the road by now.

This box was on the back of an old Leyland truck for some 16 years , I rigged it for lifting with oil spraying out of the hydraulics to get the 1954 S7 Deluxe out.

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I have tracked down many bikes over the years, from cheap Vincents to Venom's but had no interest in them.
The ninth 1968 Viking built was a keeper.

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Some get saved, others end up parted out or worse, it is what it is.
 
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