Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Side of a mountain in New Hampshire
So who are you? A rider? A shade tree wrench? A guy with enough disposable income to know what you want and be willing to pay a local wrench to provide it?
Just saying I buy bikes like those to sell and sell quick. That guy with the clutch lever is taking a thousand dollar hit over a hundred dollar fix.
I love guys like that. By the looks of that lever the wall in his garage was horizontal and he pushed the the lever into it somewhere over 30 MPH. So if he's telling me a little white lie, I am that much more inclined to chop a little bit more off the price.
You got the other guy down 1500 off his fairy tale. Good work. That's how this stuff works.
Anyway, buying a fully customized bike has a fatal drawback to a guy with a tool box. All that work is somebody elses. It either
A. is not up to the standards of the new owner which means it is a bunch of parts that you just bought and are just as quickly stripping off and piling in the corner or
B. is top shelf stuff well implemented which deprives you of any common sense reason to make it your own.
If you buy it for resale, buy the black for a couple of reasons.
1. It's black. Always a good seller. The other bike is saleable but the market for wild paint is less than for badass black.
2. It's got easy stuff to fix. The owner wants it gone or he would fix that stuff himself. That kind of thinking would get me to show up at his door with 85 in my hand, maybe 80 with the other five in my pocket JIC.
If I was buying for keeps and planned to go custom, I would buy the '12. It's new, not somebody else's project/headache, has warranty, is a clean slate to work from. Not that either of the hot rods wouldn't be a nice addition, like you say, they got parts. Thing is it's not likely they are the parts I would have chosen but these are just the musings of a guy with a tool box.
Buy the bird that sings to you. No matter what kind of misery it deals after, it's better to pay out for something that grabs you than to be stuck with a "sensible" money pit.
Cross Country Tour.
We can't help it
We just keep moving
It's been that way since long ago
Since the stone age chasing the great herds
We mostly go where we have to go
That was written by James McMurtry