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post #1 of 8 Old 10-22-2013, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
 
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Honda Rebel 250cc from 1985 - Worth the price?

So, newbie here.

I want to buy my first bike, and after a lot of research, I decided to get a Honda Rebel 250cc. It seems like is one of the best bikes for beginners.

A friend of mine is selling me a Honda Rebel 250cc from 1985 (I think this is the first year the bike was produced?), and it is in excellent conditions. It only has 40,000 miles, never been in a crash. There are some cosmetics things that I would need to change. For example, the paint job is not very shiny anymore.

But... he wants $1,300.

Is the price good?

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-22-2013, 08:56 AM
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Welcome to forum. You cant go wrong with a rebel . cant help you with prices but in aust would be cheep



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post #3 of 8 Old 10-22-2013, 09:50 AM
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Welcome. Check Kelly Blue Book for your area to get an idea of what bikes are selling for. For me, I'd be thinking more in the $700-1,000 range.

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!

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post #4 of 8 Old 10-22-2013, 09:55 AM
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Here's a bike that's 20 years newer with half the mileage for $1,000.

2005 Honda Rebel

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!

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85 Reels are becoming difficult to find in undented condition. If the chrome is still healthy I'd say the asking price is close to what I'd pay.

{EDIT} Just looked up KBB for an 85, $1200 in good shape (FWIW they were $1500 brand new in 1985). So there's room to wiggle on the price.

"Ride Safe, Chop Safer" Motorcycles are not unsafe. However, they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity.
Dismantling, sawzalling, and rattle canning does not make a bobber. That's called an "ANCHOR".
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My 86 has less than 3000 miles and I bought it for under a grand.

40k is a very used bike, I think your friend is way too high on the price. I'd keep looking. Average up here is around a grand for a low mile first generation bike. My neighbor has an 87 with 3500 miles for 1100.

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Look around man, it took me 4 months to find a clean, smooth running bike. I must of looked at 15 different bikes in person, checked craigslist EVERY day, and finally got an awesome bike. Im glad i waited, and checked out a bunch before i bought.

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One thing about the 250cc market...you need to be ready to pounce when the deal drops in your lap. Unless they're severely overpriced and/or sophomorically bobberized, Rebels don't linger with For Sale signs very long.

"Ride Safe, Chop Safer" Motorcycles are not unsafe. However, they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity.
Dismantling, sawzalling, and rattle canning does not make a bobber. That's called an "ANCHOR".
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