Update – April 2010.. Selling My Baby Blade

September 11, 2010

Time for a few updates I think..  What with working pretty much full time now and being busy with things at home I’ve been very lax with my posting on here..  Sorry, so here are a few updates to fill you in on what has been happening..

April saw me riding my Fireblade into work whenever the weather was good enough to take her out and on rubbish days I rode the BabyBlade in. This was all good apart from the fact that I found it really difficult to ride the BabyBlade after having ridden the Blade for a few days. The difference in seat height was off putting to say the least and when sitting on the BabyBlade I used to wonder when the heck my bum was gonna stop going down and actually find the seat. Another problem was the difference in engine size. Dropping down to a 400cc engine from a 900 was just too much! I was finding myself trying to ride the 400 as I was the 900 and while she was a great bike she wasn’t the same! One further niggle was the small physical size of the 400, my knee has never been right since my accident in December and aches quite a bit and the more cramped riding position of the 400 really didn’t help matters.

Sooooo.. I decided it was time to sell my 400 and buy something bigger, both in engine size and physical size. I thought a bike with an engine size of between 600cc and 750cc would be good for a start, it had to be faired as I ride all year round in all weathers and started looking round for bikes which tickled my fancy 🙂

One Saturday about halfway through the month I scrubbed and polished her to within an inch of her life and took some nice piccys and wrote what I thought was a really good advert and popped her on Ebay and waited 😀

Soon the watchers were over a hundred and I kinda figured I wouldn’t have any problem selling her, plus I was sure I would meet the reserve I’d set on her. Sure enough she sold for the kind of figure I wanted and I sat an waited for the buyer to make contact after I sent the invoice. A few days later I was getting concerned and after sending a payment request also sent several emails. I’d tracked down his phone number via Ebay and even phoned him and he promised he would be there in a few days to pay for her and take her away. The few days came and went and still nothing, no contact of any kind so I started a non-payment dispute with Ebay..

What happened? You guessed it, he completely ignored it! I wasn’t a happy bunny I can tell you!

Because of Ebay rules you can’t leave negative feedback for non-performing bidders anymore so I did what I could! I left a positive with my negative comment in capital letters so it stood out! I was more hacked off though because I was missing out on bikes I was really interested in as a replacement!

I know that people do this with alarming regularity on Ebay, you quite often see ads with “relisted due to timewaster” and it’s a risk you take but it’s so damn annoying when it happens to you! I did everything I could and short of taking my bike to his house and demanding he gave me the money for it, I couldn’t do more..

Oh well, sh!t happens!

Demand For Second Hand Motorcycles Is Up

February 20, 2009

The following bit of information is good news for the second hand bike market but bad news for those in the UK  looking to get a second hand motorbike at a bargain price during the recession.

Apparently a major motorcycle auction company has revealed that there is a lot of interest shown at their monthly auction sales from European buyers.  While this may benefit those selling a bike,  it will keep the prices up due to the increase in demand from Europe, as well as those looking to purchase a motorbike as a cheaper form of everyday transport.

As the Euro is so strong, when compared with the pound at the moment, these European buyers are looking to pick up high value perfomance sportbikes and tourers  cheaply here and export them to Europe.

You can find bikes at good prices out there, but you do have to hunt around for them.  Compared with last year there doesn’t even seem to be much of a difference in the prices on auction sites such as Ebay, to be honest.

More and more people are switching to motorcycles and scooters as a cheaper form of transport, especially with the downturn in the economy at the moment.  The current prices in the second hand motorbike market are reflecting this but if you are looking to swap from 4 wheels to 2, you can still find good bikes out there at good prices.  Just be prepared to look around a bit for them that little bit more.