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There is a 2008 vtx 1300 R in my neck of the woods with only 3200 miles on the clock. The owner wants $8500 for it.
Would you buy it?
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Not a chance. It didn’t sell for $8500 13 years ago. I’m guessing this guy’s wife said he had to sell the bike. He is going to tell her that no one will buy it. If he thinks that is market value, he is a candidate for drug testing.
 

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That is an 1800 not a 1300. And $8,500 is a bit high. My 2005 1800 F with a lot of custom crap was valued at $7,800 by the insurance, which means it “might” sell for $6,000.

Most 1800 R/S/T/N models are going for $4,500 - $6,000 depending on mileage, But a 13 year old bike that is no longer being made and OEM parts and aftermarket parts are nearly non-existent has no value, its hardly a collectors item.
 

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WOW is that overpriced.
 

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That is an 1800 not a 1300. And $8,500 is a bit high. My 2005 1800 F with a lot of custom crap was valued at $7,800 by the insurance, which means it “might” sell for $6,000.

Most 1800 R/S/T/N models are going for $4,500 - $6,000 depending on mileage, But a 13 year old bike that is no longer being made and OEM parts and aftermarket parts are nearly non-existent has no value, its hardly a collectors item.
The ad says it's a vtx 1800 T3 touring model. I didn't pay too much attention to the details. I immediately assumed it was a 1300.
 

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The ad says it's a vtx 1800 T3 touring model. I didn't pay too much attention to the details. I immediately assumed it was a 1300.
There are differences that make it easy to tell the difference, Immediately the 1800 has a hydraulic clutch the 1300 has a manual clutch. So if you see a master cylinder reservoir on the left side of the bars, it is an 1800. The spark plug covers are also different.

I recently had a minor accident on my 1800, the insurance valued it at $7,800, that is with over $10,000 in modifications (at 2007 pricing). 240 phat tire conversion alone was $3,500. Custom fender, custom bars, custom forward controls ($1,200) one off custom wheels ($4,000), $1000 pipes, etc. And the Spec 3 “F” was $12,500 new. So I have $23,000+ into the bike over the course of 16 years and it is barely worth $8,000, and only because I have a policy rider that covers the modifications at purchase price with annualized depreciation.

The average asking price on a VTX is around $6,000 for a low mileage modified bike, Stock, high mileage is down around $3,500. As a note, there are 14 2006-2008 VTX 1800 R/S/T for sale around me with 4,456 - 76,899 miles on them ranging from $2,800 to $6,400., There is one very similar to the one you posted 2008 VTX 1800 T with similar hard bags and fairings with 17,000 miles for $6,200 at a dealership, so you know it is marked up as high as they think they can get for it.

The value of a thing is whatever someone is willing to pay for it, if your are willing to pay $8,500 then go for it, but understand if you dump It the same day, insurance will only give you fair market which will be around $6,000. They typically average the price of other similar models within a given square mileage area around you.

As I said, the bike has been out of production for 12 years and parts are hard to come by, repairing is difficult. I am lucky in that I have a lot of spare parts I have collected over the years because I knew they inventories were dwindling and I wanted to be sure I could repair it if needed, and I was able to locate the 2 most expensive parts (tank and forward controls) locally at a reasonable price (1/3 of new) in good condition, I doubt that will happen again.

Only reason I am repairing and didn’t have it totaled is my bike holds some sentimental value, it was a gift from my father after he passed away, he left me money in his will with specific instructions to buy a motorcycle in memory of him, we built and rode bikes together for years until he started having health issues and had to give it up.
 

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I did that with my truck. Kept it an extra year and a half lol.
Not a chance. It didn’t sell for $8500 13 years ago. I’m guessing this guy’s wife said he had to sell the bike. He is going to tell her that no one will buy it. If he thinks that is market value, he is a candidate for drug testing.
 

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There are differences that make it easy to tell the difference, Immediately the 1800 has a hydraulic clutch the 1300 has a manual clutch. So if you see a master cylinder reservoir on the left side of the bars, it is an 1800. The spark plug covers are also different.
Not to mention that the 1800 has inverted shocks on the front forks while the 1300's are standard!!
 
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