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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Beau Needs to Go

Yes, that is right.  After three months on consignment we went down to the Triumph shop yesterday and brought Beau home.

We will try and sell it privately since we can ask a lower price without factoring in a commission.  Rod, the owner of the shop, let us know that it was a slow summer selling used bikes, but he did great selling new.  He chocked it up to a better economy and people being more comfortable purchasing new bikes even if they needed to finance their purchase.

A double edge sword me thinks.  I am glad that the economy has picked up, but I wish someone would buy the darn Bonneville.

So, to make it look more authentic, this afternoon we removed the saddle bags, chrome side covers and sissy bar and grab rail kits.  They can all be sold on eBay and now Beau looks more like a Bonneville and less like the cruiser the previous owner tried to make it. We did leave on the chrome bar end mirrors and chrome cam covers since we don't have the stock mirrors and putting the stock cam covers on is just too much work.

Troubadour took these pictures in front of the yard this afternoon for advertising purposes and I thought I'd share.

(Beau basking in the sun)

(Oooooh shiny)

(I can't tell which one is the good side - I like them both)

- Au Revoir

" Do you know the difference between education and experience?  Education is what you get when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." - Pete Seeger

33 comments:

  1. He does look pretty in those pics! It's a shame he hasnt sold, good luck with doing it privately.

    I like your quote but I do think I get a bit of both, cause even tho I've read the fine print I often dont take any notice of it :)

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    1. I think one of the reason it didn't sell was because of the way it looked with the saddle bags and back rest and too many shiny bits on it. We'll see. If it doesn't sell, we store it and re-advertise it in the spring. We can ride it in the meantime if we want to.

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  2. Good luck with selling it. Hopefully someone will find him a new home soon before the winter sets in.

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    1. My fingers are crossed for selling it, but I don't know if too many people are buying this late in the year. We've been lucky that our temperatures are still really warm and so far no rain in sight.

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  3. Looks like a darn sweet bike. I hope you'll find a good new home for it. If I had the funds I might have been tempted, but my piggy bank only allows for a few new farkles on Rover. Good luck selling!

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    1. it is a beautiful bike but not very comfy. You and I are pretty much built the same. I wonder if it would bother your hips too after 30 or so miles.

      I am glad you have some piggy bank funds for Rover farkles. Sure like the way you changed the seat. Very sharp.

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  4. Put it on Craigslist in s CA or AZ where it's always summer- it's a nice bike, stripped down- someone will buy it

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    1. Good idea advertising out of state. I think it needs 10k on the odometer though before it can be imported to Califoria due to emissions regulations.

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  5. It is a nice bike, priced right I am sure it will sell quickly. Good luck.

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    1. It is pretty, just wish it was more comfy. Went out for a ride on Max today. I sure like that bike. While sitting at Starbucks Brad even caught a guy taking pictures of it.

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  6. Only a couple of words to say...

    ' Sexy Little Number '.

    TT

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    1. Just something about a Triumph isn't there.......

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  7. Good luck. It is a nice bike. Just a matter of time I suspect.
    ~k

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    1. That is what I am hoping too Keith. If it doesn't sell this fall, maybe in the spring.

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  8. What a handsome motorcycle!! Hope is sells quickly.

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  9. Trobairitz:

    I hope it sells fast too. Perhaps try some Triumph forums, maybe someone in one of those southern states will do a "Fly and Ride" . Our weather may hang on until mid October

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast
    My Flickr // My YouTube

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    1. With most forums you have to have a certain number of posts before you can advertise something for sale. Since I don't belong to any Triumph forums that is not an option.

      I am confident out weather will hold though. Still no rain in sight and they are forecasting 94˚F (34˚C) today here.

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  10. I thought "Beau" was history! Guess I missed something. Oops.

    I bet it's tempting to ride it again...just to see. Wouldn't it be something if you decided to keep it after all?

    If not, Ebay and Craigslist free listings will eventually reel in the right person for you.

    The person who is longing for a handsome machine like that and rides it and falls in love with it! How could they not?

    Put it on the Anchorage, Alaska CL. My cousin up there is flipping cars right and left. Lots of money up there and people loving to spend it, evidently. I'm sure they'd have no problem coming down to your neck of the woods to pick it up or shipping to here or there. I am serious about this suggestion...

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    1. Beau went to the Triumph shop on consignment back in June so it was gone from home, just not sold. We went down in the car on Friday and Brad rode it to bike night and I went home in the car. I can't do night driving so I was heading home early. He said his butt was sore before he'd ridden the 50 miles home. It is a great bike for around town and going for coffee but I wouldn't want to ride it long distances. Oh and the gas light came on after only 90 miles. That is just wrong.

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  11. I guess I had thought that it had sold already as well. It does look pretty nice and hopefully it'll sell quickly. BTW, dual-sport bikes and HD sell pretty quickly up here in AK but for most, the riding season has already ended. But I would advertise in other areas of the country on CL.

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    1. I hadn't mentioned it in 3 months so I can see how people had thought it was already sold. It was the only for for sale in the state so i thought it would go quickly. And Rod's shop is the only Triumph dealer between Medford and Portland so he is pretty busy.

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  12. I'm sure you'll find a new home for Beau ... I like the suggestions of widening the circle to find a new owner.

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    1. We are hitting that time of year when I am not sure if people are buying bikes or not. Our weather is still in the 80's everyday so I am hoping. Brad is in charge of advertising so we'll see if he puts it on Craigslist anywhere else.

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  13. i just saw one like him today and was wondering about beau's status... fingers crossed for a fast re-homing.

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    1. Thanks mq, my fingers are crossed too. Makes it hard to type, lol.

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    2. Get thee to a new owner, Beau!

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    3. Thanks Deb. No bites yet so I think we'll have him until Spring when we'll put him back up for sale.

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  14. Brandy - I see you have a new post today but when I click on it it tells me that page doesn't exist. Wonder what's up?

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  15. Thanks for the heads up. It is Blogger fracking up again. Instead of publishing it it saved it without my links and such so I am in the works of fixing it and re-publishing it, please stand by.

    This is frustrating since this is the second time Blogger has done this.

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    1. Fixed it, Thanks again for the heads up Karen.

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  16. I like the "Ooooh Shiny" side best!

    Did the radios do well for you? We got a set just before our trip and they worked well. My only complaint... I should be able to listen to music through the same speakers we use for communication. Voice overrides music as needed. I can listen to music, but it's not very loud. Other than that, they were great.

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    1. The radios worked very well for us. It was weird to be able to hold a normal conversation and not have parts cut off by the push to talk button. We don't listen to any kind of music when we ride or have phones that are bluetooth so it was just for communicating with each other.

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