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    USA imports

    It might be my imagination but there seems to be an increase in dealers importing 10+ year old bikes. Wheras last year there were only one or two poulating fleebay they are increasing by the week.
    It begs the question, without history, service or number of owners, or any other, who is buying them?

    Would you buy a bike for 7 grand plus without knowing anything other than what you see in front of you?

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    Re: USA imports

    Yep. I would.
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    7 G's?? Not without a look over in the flesh by me or a trusty adviser.
    I think the Factory is missing the boat by not offering a Factory Shovelhead Kit-Bike.... Nuthin but frame, motor, tranny, front (your choise) & rear end. No warranty and you sign a disclaimer. After all, all the rest is sheet metal, simples.

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    Re: USA imports

    If the bike is in the UK correctly documented and UK registered then there is no bigger risk. Even in the UK bike history can be "created" by unscrupulous sellers.

    If it's still in the US awaiting import then I would get it inspected. There are companies that specialise in inspecting bikes and cars for international buyers.
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    Re: USA imports

    Quote Originally Posted by Mac1 View Post
    It might be my imagination but there seems to be an increase in dealers importing 10+ year old bikes. Wheras last year there were only one or two poulating fleebay they are increasing by the week.
    It begs the question, without history, service or number of owners, or any other, who is buying them?

    Would you buy a bike for 7 grand plus without knowing anything other than what you see in front of you?

    Yep, did it last week.

    But I wouldn't buy one off any geezer on flea bay. It was imported, checked, paperwork done and registered by the bike shop I bought it from.

    On the V5 it says 'Number of previous owners 1'. Spose that means the USA! - as it's a 97 it could be all of 'em
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    Re: USA imports

    Quote Originally Posted by last shovel View Post
    7 G's?? Not without a look over in the flesh by me or a trusty adviser.
    I think the Factory is missing the boat by not offering a Factory Shovelhead Kit-Bike.... Nuthin but frame, motor, tranny, front (your choise) & rear end. No warranty and you sign a disclaimer. After all, all the rest is sheet metal, simples.
    That would take away all the fun for the guys who like to brag that they've chopped a perfect 67 Genny Shovel survivor.
    Much less involved.....

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    Re: USA imports

    To be fair its not like you are buying a highly strung, fragile and complicated Italian sports car thought is it. As much as we love our bikes they are basically over engineered tractors. Much like an old diesel, if they start and run with nothing obviously clanking or knocking (that's doesn't normally clank or knock) then its likely to be OK. like the UK most American Harley owners treat their bikes better than their own children. The external condition is normally a good sign of being well looked after all things being equal.

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    Re: USA imports

    Interesting points of view. I have always worked on the basis that i buy the owner, as much as the bike. If i like and trust what i hear i am more inclined. It feels like a lottery with these imports, (to me)

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    Re: USA imports

    I think that buying any vehicle of any age is a lottery. There is very little "history" as such, only what is presented to you & that could be a complete fabrication. If there is no proper documentation to back up what the seller is claiming, then you've just got to have you're wits about you. Thereare people who pride themselves on a bikes appearance & yet don't know how to change the oil. There are also some who fanatically look after a bikes mechanics but are loathe to get the duster out.. I've bought two bikes off ebay, but I went to see them before handing over cash & luckily I've been OK. I thik with most things in life it's a case of "Caveat Emptor", let the buyer beware. Good hunting.

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    .......I am surprised at the number of celebrities who were once older than me now claim to be younger. History is malleable so, if I'm buying a horse I will take a good look at its teeth rather than let someone show me documents that prove this toothless old nag is really only 2 years old. However, as this is a Harley forum and not a stable so I'd better mention bikes. Most of the motorbike I buy tend to be over 20 years+ so I go over them carefully and take little notice of the documentation. I prefer the proof offered to me by my eyes and ears and am very, very picky. It took me 3 years to find the BMW K100 I wanted, 7 years to find a Honda Chop and 31 years to find a Puch VZ50. My 2003 Fatboy, which I've had from new, is a fine example of a bike that has been ridden and maintained properly; all the clues are there to see for anyone who looks. So, if documentation makes you feel more at ease in your bike purchases go for it but, documentation is, at best an indicator. Anyway, I'm now going to have a look at the wife's teeth to see if she really has been telling me the truth about her age.
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