Tuesday, February 18, 2014

How to Sell a Second-Hand Motorcycle - Free Advise If You Want To Do It Yourself

Product Marketing - Sales Management - Business Development 
Selling a second-hand motorcycle is not as difficult as many people would think it is because it’s not about manipulating the buyer, it’s about how well one has presented his or her bike. For instance imagine that you are buyer and the dealer is showing you various motorcycles. It is obvious that as a buyer you will not select a bike that looks dirty or have lots of scratches on it. Therefore, it is important that being a seller you must spend some quality hours on your bike. In order to properly lube and clean it before taking it to a dealer, as a neat and tidy motorcycle will sell better in contrast to an untidy and dirty bike. You

So get the required cleaning products along with the tool kit to give your motorcycle a tidy look. You will surely get more money for your bike, if you give it a few hours before showing it to the buyers. In fact, many dealers also advise motorcycle sellers to bring neat and clean bikes if they want good money for their two wheeler. However, one must also make sure that their bike should not be over modified as it will not sell well because it is not necessarily what seems cool to you should also look great to buyers as well. More importantly, sellers usually do not get extra money for installing an exhaust or other accessories in their bike.

Therefore, it is recommended that sellers should take such accessories off their bikes and sell them separately on eBay or any other online store like it. After tidying and taking accessories off your bike, now it’s time for a seller to decide a price for their motorcycle. For this purpose they need to check various websites over internet where people list their second-hand bikes for sale. The surfing over internet will let the seller decide a price for their bike. Make sure that you must not lie about the condition of your motorcycle because not only it will annoy the buyers when they will see the bike, but also give your two wheeler a negative publicity over internet in the form of negative comments.

Therefore, a motorcycle seller should not mention his or her bike’s condition as immaculate, if it is not. Moreover, if you are demanding extra bucks for your bike as compared to a similar bike then, it is necessary that you should mention a solid reason. Also, one must show some flexibility when engaged in bargaining with the buyers because a few bucks off will help a seller seize the deal.

But if you are still unsure of bringing strangers to your home or possible insurance or legal implications, then visit a consignment dealer and let them sell it for you. They may be able to get more for your bike and remove all liabilities as well. That may be the better deal.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Motorcycle and Gear Exchange

ACCEPTING CONSIGNMENTS @ MANTHEY MOTORS MOTORCYCLE AND GEAR EXCHANGE - in Duluth, near Fitgers and Sir Ben's, next to Expert Tire on 1st St. E.


Welcome to Manthey Motors, a Motorcycle and Gear Exchange! My name is Mike Manthey. My wife and I just opened this store in March 2013. Our goal is to make good motorcycles and gear available and affordable for everyone, and to create a fun and welcoming place to shop. 

We sell almost everything on consignment (learn more about how that works in our policies listed below). We hope tp build the region's largest selection of pre-owned motorcycles, apparel and accessories -- street to dirt, modern to vintage. And most of it is barely used!

We also accept casual wear, race team gear, artwork, books and collectibles. We're still catching up on posting products in the web store. . . And the retail store isn't set up yet. But we are working on it.

BTW: We don't sell used helmets. Only new.

In addition to having a diverse and high-quality selection of gear, we aim to offer the best customer service we possibly can -- especially for new riders! We know getting into motorcycling can be overwhelming at times, and we're happy to help make it easier. As for me, I've been in the motorcycle industry for almost two decades, as a dealer, corporate guy, salesman, and a consultant/subject matter expert, and I have a good knowledge of gear and bikes. If I can't answer a question for you, I'll find someone who can.

Our storefront is based in old Duluth, near Fitgers and Sir Ben's, on the eastside, one block up from Superior St. With an awesome view of Lake Superior right off our loading dock, we are right in the heart of the city, with cool coffeehouses and bars, good restaurants, interesting boutiques and that old north shore history of Zenith City. To top it off, we're one block from the lake. Which is to say that we're proud to be a part of this neighborhood. 

So thanks for taking the time to consider our services. We hope to see you in the store. - Mike and Rhonda

WISHLIST: We are looking for (in no particular order) - Alpinestar, Dainese, SIDI, Icon, Vintage leather, vests, Saddlebags, pants, Vanson, Kushitani, Rev'It or BMW gear, Aerostich, Taichi, Harley-Davidson, tank bags, books on motorcycling, Teknic, Nelson-Rigg, Ventura, Wunderlich, Givi, Joe Rocket, Hein Gericke, Shift, Spidi, Tour Master, Reissa, anything OEM branded, Firstgear, Power Tripp - and more. I probably didn't name all the brands, but I think you get the idea. It's the good stuff we offer. No name, Pakistani, or Chinese stuff really doesn't carry much value and belongs in a rummage sale. But items of particular interest and of good quality (worthy of being called "motorcycle gear") are worth working with.

These are our policies regarding consignments. We love helping good gear find new homes, and we do our best to ensure fair policies for both buyers and sellers. We look forward to working with you!

If you have gear you'd like to consign with us, please call to arrange drop off or bring it to the shop anytime during business hours and we'll go through it with you. We're looking for street and touring gear that's in good, usable condition, along with luggage, casual wear, accessories, and memorabilia. Sometimes there will be items we cannot sell -- please understand that we base our decisions on what our customers support.

You will receive 75% of the selling price. If it looks like an item isn't moving, we may mark down its price after 30 and 60 days. We will always ask if you have a bottom limit for negotiating (the price below which it's not worth it to you to sell an item), and we'll honor that number in your share of the selling price.

We base our pricing on brand, style, condition, and market demand. We will work to get the best possible prices for your gear, while selling items as quickly as possible.

We will display your items for 90 days. At the end of the 90-day term, we'll review the remaining items with you. If we feel the gear is still saleable, we may offer to extend the consignment period.

All in-store sales are final. Online sales have a 10-day return period. If purchaser is not satisfied with their purchase, it is returnable within 10 days of receiving the item.

Please email, call or text if you have something you would like to consign. We will arrange to meet with you at our shop. 218-841-2126

Oh, one more thing - we really need garment racks and store display stuff. Any donations will receive our long-lasting gratitude - and you will have the satisfactions of helping.

Monday, May 13, 2013


THE WAGES OF SIN  by Rand Rasmussen

Most mechanics regard the use of aftermarket (AM) parts as a sin. And I understand their philosophy; they frequently have to spend many-an-hour undoing aftermarket “improvements” owners have inflicted on their innocent machines, and they are thus automatically suspicious of the aftermarket. Of course, some “aftermarket” parts are not aftermarket at all, having been 
purchased by vendors from the very manufacturers the company contracts to make their Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts. Many aftermarket parts are fine, and sometimes they even result in an improvement over OEM-as in the case of my aftermarket charging system. Other times, though, the sin of the aftermarket has come back to haunt me. My most recent misguided use of an aftermarket part was an inferior rear main seal (RMS) purchased overseas from a big parts-store instead of from a trusted dealer. Here are the wages of my aftermarket sins.  Read More

Monday, May 6, 2013

Spring 2013 Bike Blessing

Motorcycle Etiquette

If you drive a motorcycle, you know about “The Wave”. “The Wave” is your rolling connection to the biker brother & sisterhood, but is there a special secret to this wave? When you started riding did you seek out a wave master and perhaps copy theirs, or did you develop one of your own? Have you ever wondered if you’re wave appropriate? Do you wonder if the wave you’re flashing is politically correct, not brand specific enough or old and outdated? 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Lake Superior Circle Tour and Ride Lake Superior

Lots of exciting and unique riding in Northern Minnesota and Western Ontario.

Put it on your Ride List for 2013. 1 & 2 day rides as well as week long adventures. 

But you have to have either your passport or card to cross the border. If you are planning on it, get them, or renew if you need to. It takes about 60 days to process.

Click here to find out more  Grand Algoma Tour

Monday, March 25, 2013

The New Normal - Smaller Displacement Bikes = More New Riders

The U.S. motorcycle market peaked in 2005-6, when high home values and easy credit conspired to help drive sales
 of 1.1 million new bikes. But following the banking crisis and
 economic meltdown of 2008, that number has fallen precipitously, to 450,000 total sales in 2011—a drop of nearly 60 percent.

It hurts, but there’s light on the horizon. One good sign: The median age of motorcycle owners has started coming down. In 2008, it peaked at 43. A year later, it was 40. And although final figures are not yet available, the Motorcycle Industry Council says it will likely drop again for 2012. “Generation Y, those folks 33 and younger, are coming into their buying years,” explains Tim Buche, MIC president, who adds that Gen Y will likely surpass Baby Boomers in number this year. That’s significant, because the MIC says more than one of every three motorcycle owners in the U.S. is a Boomer, a person born between 1946 and 1964.

>>>Read More - Click on the Link>> The New Normal - Smaller Displacement Bikes = More New Riders