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RK-BLK3Selling your motorcycle can be a total beat down.

You can just trade it – take your beating, lick your wounds and move on. The dealer handles everything and depending on where you live there could be a tax benefit based on the trade. Sometimes it just seems this is the easiest route. It can solve your issues moving from one motorcycle to another.  This seems to work well if the ride is clean and up-to-date on maintenance.  For the dealer they get a low risk trade and typically you’ll come away with a few more dollars than a similar trade.

Early last year I decided to sell my motorcycle.  The dealer was moving way down on trade-in price, so I decided to sell the RoadKing (“Blackie”) myself and went the Craigslist route.  I listed it on a number of the enthusiast websites too, you know – the usual suspects.  Then I mentally prepped for the tire kickers and trolls on Craigslist. Oh yes, lot’s of trolls!  Below is the actual ad I ran:

2006 H-D RoadKing Classic (FLHRCI), perfect condition, Vivid Black, 29K miles, fuel-injection, stage II, big bore kit (95 cu in), cam, SE race tuner, Rinehart tru-duals, high-flow intake with matching billet cover, chrome forks, lowered 1″, Renegade (Vail) wheels (21″ front) with matching rotors and pulley, hard bag conversion, Mustang seat with matching back rest, Screamin Eagle fat bars with internal wiring, chrome hand controls with braided stainless cables, new Metzeler tires, lay down custom license plate holder, passenger backrest and removable hardware. Original laced wheels, leather bags, service manual and seat included.  Original owner with all service records are available. Recently serviced, fresh wax and it’s spotless. No trades. No Joy rides $14,750 firm. Serious inquiries only please.

RK-BLKThere was this one guy that wanted to trade me his pick-up truck.  I guess he missed the no trades in the ad!  There were all the foreign requests to ship the bike to a freight forwarder and they would send money.  Right.  Then there was this guy who kept emailing me trying to beat me down on price. He said the motor modifications made it worth less and the 21” wheel wouldn’t handle well. He kept emailing me – every time I renewed the post I would immediately get an email in the inbox saying I was not realistic and that he was offering me a fair price. I finally put his email address in my junk folder. And I am happy to say I got more than his “fair price” Mr. Low-Baller.

Then there were the guys that asked a thousand questions (even though the details were in the ad). I would patiently answer them with a smile on my face as I typed out the responses thinking that the motorcycle truly rocked. There were literally dozens of tire kickers, but you have to weed through them all if you want to find that rose.

Then after a few months I finally got an email from someone that asked the right questions and was excited about the modifications. He got it and he bought it! It was fun to help him pick up the RoadKing and have all the riding discussions and gear talk.  After he gave me the certified check, I bid a farewell to the RoadKing as it wound its way to Seattle on a trailer.

RK-BLK2I liked that Road King.  Its not like I had feelings toward an inanimate object, but I had it dialed in.  Almost 30,000 miles in 6-years that got me there safely and back again which I was always grateful.  But, I had been lusting over a Maple “Glide” and once I decided to pull the trigger on the new ride any emotional attachment for the RoadKing faded quickly.

I’m glad it went to a fellow rider in the northwest that truly appreciated the bike.  And on that exhaust note, I’m glad to be done with Craigslist!  How about you, any experience on Craigslist, tips or advice on selling a motorcycle that readers would be interested in hearing about?

Photos taken by author.

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U.S. Ambassador to China - Jon Huntsman

In a heady display of “feel the vib” and “look at me” doing that pursuit of freedom gig, the political poster child for human rights, dares onlookers of the patriotic possibility and the fact it’s not just something special for the American people as he rides his signature Harley-Davidson RoadKing Classic through the streets of Shanghai.

Some might even call him showing off a bit since urban incomes average about $2,200 a year in Beijing where the bikes sell for $12K to $37K.  Harley-Davidson opened its first store in China in April 2006 and the allure of its citizen’s growing spending power means the motor company is unwavering in its commitment to extract dollars from the world’s most sought-after-market… who cares if in Beijing and Shanghai, motorcycles are largely banned from most major streets and highways.

In fact, Shanghai stopped accepting motorcycle registrations back in 2002 so, I wonder how Mr. Huntsman got that motorcycle registered?  Was it shipped over or did he buy it there?  In a country well know for reproducing (“copy”) everything, unlicensed Harleys have been smuggled in to the country for years so his would likely go unnoticed. Details, details…Don’t bore me with the details.

The mandarin speaking Mr. Huntsman will resign as U.S. Ambassador to China on April 30th and according to Politico reports he might make a run for the Republican nomination in 2012.  Adding fodder to this speculation is the fact he’s booked for a speaking engagement in New Hampshire in May shortly after his return.

Interestingly, if a deal can’t be made and the government shuts down in less than 30 hours due to what looks like near-fatal-distrust of the two parties… I wonder how Mr. Huntsman will get back to the U.S. — charge it?!

UPDATE: June 21, 2011 – Mr. Huntsman enters the 2012 Presidential race.  Reuters report HERE.

Photo courtesy of AP.

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