selling as is, or parting off
drewblanchard at gmavt.net
Tue Mar 31 16:42:17 PDT 2009
Sorry, I /signed/ up for the list. Very sleep deprived here in Vermont.
Drew Blanchard wrote:
> I singed up for the GpZList about 8 months ago, more out of nostalgia
> than anything. I used to own a '95 GpZ (red, of course, because they
> go faster) and loved that bike more than any other before or since. I
> put more than 13,000 miles on it in my second year of ownership, which
> is saying something when the riding season is only 7 months long in
> northern NY. Sadly, in '99 the GpZ and I parted company on a
> decreasing radius curve and a fresh patch of asphalt. The bike went
> into a ravine, I went into a tree. Broke a number of bones and wadded
> the bike into a ball.
> Fast forward many years and once again I yearn for my old GpZ. This
> is despite the fact I currently own the bike of my dreams: a '95
> Triumph Super III (one of only 250 verified units ever imported and
> beeeeeeauuutiful). My problem is this: I love to /look/ at the
> Triumph, but I loved to /ride/ the GpZ. So I've begun looking,
> knowing I can't afford to keep two bikes (well, /three/, if you count
> my wife's Shadow). I've been amazed to discover the GpZ's are even
> more rare (sale-wise, that is) than my Triumph. I realize some of
> this is the nature of collector's items, and the Super III's often
> change hands and go into collections; but people seem to hold on to
> their GpZ's for dear life.
> Andy, I'd love to give you what you're asking for the GpZ, but the
> economics simply aren't there. It' a crappy market. My Triumph has
> been a labor of love (more than $1800 and 100 hours invested in the
> last year, all fully documented) and I know there's no way I can get
> what it's really worth. But that hasn't stopped me from contacting
> some people, just in case. I'm just unwilling to sell the Triumph
> without an equally prized toy to take its place.
> If you do decide to trade your bike and take the price hit, I could
> probably find the money to give you more than a dealer would. Unless
> you'd like to work out some sort of deal with a Super III ...
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