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post #1 of 6 Old 08-11-2019, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Buying stored 2009 Honda Rebel 250

Buying stored 2009 Honda Rebel 250. What advice do you all have about getting it running, starting and what should I offer for the bike. It has been under a tarp for 10 years and not started. Thanks!
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-11-2019, 12:20 PM
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Welcome to the forum. If the gas wasn't drained from the carb and tank, both will need cleaning. You'll also need tires and a new battery. Yuasa makes very good batteries that last a very long time. They cost just a few dollars more than lesser quality batteries but outlast them many times over.

In addition to what is needed above, are there dents in the tank, rust on chrome or elsewhere, or other things that would further reduce the price? How long has the bike been offered for sale, and what is the seller asking? A buyer may be willing to take less if the bike has been on the market for a month or two and not sold.

You can look on and find trade in and dealer prices. Normally somewhere in between those two prices is a good place to begin negotiating. KBB prices are for bikes in running condition, which that one isn't. I would add up what it would cost to have a shop get it running, install new tires, etc., and reduce the offering price accordingly. If you are handy, virtually everything the bike will need can be done yourself, saving quite a bit of money.

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post #3 of 6 Old 08-11-2019, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, cosmetically the bike looks good. Never for sale, one owner. No price yet.
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-11-2019, 04:07 PM
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Yes, cosmetically the bike looks good. Never for sale, one owner. No price yet.

How many miles on the odometer? Any maintenance records?

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post #5 of 6 Old 08-11-2019, 06:44 PM
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I'd think a lot before buying this bike...At my dealer, tires and tubes installed runs close to $400. that is for cheap tires. cleaning and relining tank is not a walk in the park, and it sure isn't cheap. Cleaning carbs is also not all that easy, especially the first time, and often results are iffy despite one's best efforts. Chain might be rusted??? I would add it all up as though at dealer prices and subtract that cost from midway between trade in book and private sale book price and figure that to be the best offer.....Cosmetics do not add anything to how well it runs. If mileage is above 5000 it might also need the valves adjusted.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-13-2019, 04:43 PM
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few hundred <$500 for non-runing..
wouldn't want to start it till all the fluids had been changed and gas tank checked out..
if you do try to start use an auxiliary fuel supply, small container of fuel, avoid contaminating carb with rust and old gas shellac.
Likely a good deal if price is right..

I do my own tire mounting still costs >$300 for tires, fluids, etc. don't forget to fully recondition/rebuild brake system.. often you won't need any seals, full disassembly of master and caliper and good internal cleaning is all that is needed... Brakes are always my first priority..

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