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I am looking at getting a 2011 iron 883 from a guy that has 15,075 miles on it. He is asking 6500 for it. Rode the bike tray rides great shifts good didn't see anything wrong with the bike even doing a walk around. Just curious to see what your guys take on this is. Is it a good deal or am I gonna he burned. Seller is a fellow Marine and I would hope he isn't hiding anything that is wron with the bike.
 

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Kelly Blue Book, Retail price for excellent condition is $6,815.00. If you can, have a mechanic look over the bike and make your decision. Good luck.
 

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Kelly Blue Book, Retail price for excellent condition is $6,815.00. If you can, have a mechanic look over the bike and make your decision. Good luck.
^^this.

Definitely have it looked at by a mechanic, ask the guy if he has the maintenance records for the bike too.
Always haggle the price!! He's $300 under kbb, if it is basically like new...so you are already getting an ok deal. Low ball him for $5.5k and see what he says. Chances are you can take it off of his hands for an even $6k easily. Especially if it will need any kind of service soonish (tires, battery, oil change, etc). The thing is, most everyone will ask the maximum amount possible / probable for something...but that's the top line. There's always a bottom line, a "can't take less that X".

Also, for that amount you can get most sportster variants for that year/milage. Make sure that THIS is the bike you want for your money.
That's why I just sucked it up and bought a new bike, I couldn't find a bike that was close enough to me, close enough to my price range, and more important to me: close enough to what I really wanted. So in closing, if she's a lot of of you want, at a good price for you, and as long as she has a clean bill of health, make her yours!

Good luck!
 

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Thanks for the advice guys. I like that bike felt good on it it's a cheap monthly payment for me. Just don't want to get hosed. The bike does need a new rear tire which will be negotiated if I buy the bike. I don't have my endorsement as of yet should be here in week or so so I can't go to the dealerships and ride different bikes so this is the first bike I have rode. And with that being said I don't want it to be the only bike I ride till I upgrade it later on. Do I jump on this is wait to ride different bikes. And do most sportsters ride the same.
 

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Thanks for the advice guys. I like that bike felt good on it it's a cheap monthly payment for me. Just don't want to get hosed. The bike does need a new rear tire which will be negotiated if I buy the bike. I don't have my endorsement as of yet should be here in week or so so I can't go to the dealerships and ride different bikes so this is the first bike I have rode. And with that being said I don't want it to be the only bike I ride till I upgrade it later on. Do I jump on this is wait to ride different bikes. And do most sportsters ride the same.
I had only ridden one bike when I bought my 48, and that was the crappy 250cc Yamaha star they use here on base for the rider class.
For the experience, yeah I kinda wish I would've tried out other bikes. But in reality the 48 was exactly what I wanted, and it felt just right when I sat on her. I didn't even have my endorsement yet when I bought it, so I never even did a test ride. No regrets on my end!

To each their own, if you want to try others do that. Just don't fall in love with a new bike that's twice the price :laugh
 

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I had only ridden one bike when I bought my 48, and that was the crappy 250cc Yamaha star they use here on base for the rider class.
For the experience, yeah I kinda wish I would've tried out other bikes. But in reality the 48 was exactly what I wanted, and it felt just right when I sat on her. I didn't even have my endorsement yet when I bought it, so I never even did a test ride. No regrets on my end!

To each their own, if you want to try others do that. Just don't fall in love with a new bike that's twice the price :laugh
Holy SH1T! that's like my story verbatim. That damn class made me learn on a Honda Nighthawk 250cc. I couldn't get used to that clutch for the LIFE of ME. I then got on my girl's 883, and it felt like floating on air compared to that frickin Honda. That's actually what sold me on Harley when i was starting out.

But for this deal - I like that idea of lowballing the dude, see if u can get it down to $6k. If you've ridden the bike and you feel good on it, thats 75% of the battle right there. If you have a mechanic buddy (I'm blessed enough to have one) he can be CRUCIAL in your decision. But- all told - unless the thing has been in an accident, a 2011 Harley won't do ya wrong. I say the mileage is a CH high for that $6815 asking price. I say if you get that f#cker for $6k, you're doin AWESOME! \m/

And frankly, where the HELL did this dude come up with the $6815 figure? hahah What's wrong with $6800, or even $6850?

Did you ask questions like
1) does it have a Stage 1?
2) any accidents?
3) any mods?
4) WHO DID THE SERVICING? (1K, 5k, 10k, 15k?)
5) where'd ya buy it? (and where'd THAT guy get it, etc)
6) pipes? (they save lives yunno... sometimes)
 

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Holy SH1T! that's like my story verbatim. That damn class made me learn on a Honda Nighthawk 250cc. I couldn't get used to that clutch for the LIFE of ME. I then got on my girl's 883, and it felt like floating on air compared to that frickin Honda. That's actually what sold me on Harley when i was starting out.

But for this deal - I like that idea of lowballing the dude, see if u can get it down to $6k. If you've ridden the bike and you feel good on it, thats 75% of the battle right there. If you have a mechanic buddy (I'm blessed enough to have one) he can be CRUCIAL in your decision. But- all told - unless the thing has been in an accident, a 2011 Harley won't do ya wrong. I say the mileage is a CH high for that $6815 asking price. I say if you get that f#cker for $6k, you're doin AWESOME! \m/

And frankly, where the HELL did this dude come up with the $6815 figure? hahah What's wrong with $6800, or even $6850?

Did you ask questions like
1) does it have a Stage 1?
2) any accidents?
3) any mods?
4) WHO DID THE SERVICING? (1K, 5k, 10k, 15k?)
5) where'd ya buy it? (and where'd THAT guy get it, etc)
6) pipes? (they save lives yunno... sometimes)
This is MY story too. Hah, apparently this is pretty common. lol
 

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Thanks for the advice guys. I like that bike felt good on it it's a cheap monthly payment for me. Just don't want to get hosed. The bike does need a new rear tire which will be negotiated if I buy the bike. I don't have my endorsement as of yet should be here in week or so so I can't go to the dealerships and ride different bikes so this is the first bike I have rode. And with that being said I don't want it to be the only bike I ride till I upgrade it later on. Do I jump on this is wait to ride different bikes. And do most sportsters ride the same.
We were all beginners at one time. No shame there. And there are probably more slightly used late model Sportsters for sale than any other Harley model. The reason used Sportsters are plentiful is because so many new riders think a Sportster will suit their needs but not long down the road they want something bigger and/or more comfortable. I'm not knocking Sportsters--loved the one I had. And there are many on this forum who are quite happy with their Sportsters, even the 883 models. But do yourself a favor and also look at 1200 Sportsters. You may like the extra get up and go of a 1200. And cruising around you don't have to use the extra power but it can be nice to have (and it'a a helluva lot of fun!). And keep looking at ads on Craigslist and other places. I've seen some smoking deals on used Sportsters.
 

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We were all beginners at one time. No shame there. And there are probably more slightly used late model Sportsters for sale than any other Harley model. The reason used Sportsters are plentiful is because so many new riders think a Sportster will suit their needs but not long down the road they want something bigger and/or more comfortable. I'm not knocking Sportsters--loved the one I had. And there are many on this forum who are quite happy with their Sportsters, even the 883 models. But do yourself a favor and also look at 1200 Sportsters. You may like the extra get up and go of a 1200. And cruising around you don't have to use the extra power but it can be nice to have (and it'a a helluva lot of fun!). And keep looking at ads on Craigslist and other places. I've seen some smoking deals on used Sportsters.
Yeah +1 here. At the get go when I was shopping for my first Harley, I assumed 883 would be fine. Got on a 1200 at the dealer. NEVER looked back. It's really night and day compared to my girl's 883. Especially if you have a Stage 1. Then it just SCREWWWWS!

Highlyyyyyyyy recommend tryin a 1200 before you nab an 883.
 

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you can also find a dealer that does the Jump Start. That's a great way to get at least somewhat an idea of the feel of the bike and all when you don't have your endorsement to be able to actually test ride the bikes. I would say go and test some out before calling it done on the 883. They are great bikes, don't get me wrong, but the 1200 is better in my opinion. Set a budget and go check out the bikes
 
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