Buying a new/used bike

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by quiticokid, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. quiticokid

    quiticokid Member

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    I am looking to buy a different bike. I have found a 2006 Street Glide for the right price and will go and check it out. The bike has 16,000 miles on it. What should I be looking at and do you have any other advice?
     
  2. Big Dot

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    Double check all the numbers on the bike and the paperwork to make sure what you're buying. I would look for an 07 or newer with the 96 engine. Good luck.
     
  3. Hoople

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    I would ask what oils/brands (correct filter) were used and how often they were changed. Also if the bike has the factory tune/map and if a fueler was added. If SERT was used, ask for the VCI.
     
  4. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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  6. Davidw2415

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    One thing I would definitely want if I were purchasing another bike would be a six speed tranny.
     
  7. SportyHawg

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    The oil question is important, like "Hoople" up top says -- you want to know if synthetic oil has been used or not.

    I'd look it over for any signs of being dropped.
     
  8. chefron

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    Good call checking out this site PRIOR to buying a bike. I found this site AFTER buying my last bike from a private party. 10k service WAS NOT DONE, fluids were still original. Live and learn my friend. Most of these guys know a ton!
     
  9. SkootchNC

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    First step, is checking the price of the bike against Kelly Blue book, and NADA price guidelines.

    What "sounds like a good deal" may not be.

    "custom" items, unless they REALLY float your boat, do not add to the value. If the seller tries to sway you with a list of add-ons, and how much is "invested" in the bike. My reply has always been "chrome don't get you home" say it with a smile, and a friendly manner... and you won't anger the seller.

    IMO the 96 inch engine, and 6 speed tranny, has made the 88/5sp "outdated" and should help lower the resale value. I think that is totally incorrect, but I'll play hardball when buying.

    good luck, and post pictures if you get a deal you want.

    One bit of advice I keep telling myself... after the purchase... STOP looking... because sure thing, you'll find a better deal next week
     
  10. Iceman24

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    How true - this has happened to me way too often!:small3d023:

    IMO, this was the 1st yeat for SG's so, as with automotive industry, alot of "lessons learned" are migrated into future years (i.e. 96" eng, 6-spd tranny, wider rear, etc.). Unless you feel it's an "awesome" deal (per cost & condition), might be best to continue w/your search. Spring's around the corner & I'm sure there's no shortage of bike's coming on the sale market.

    Go w/your gut, don't let the seller pressure your decision & good luck! Let us know the outcome.