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I thought I would share the story of how I ended up with my bike:

I had ridden quite a bit in my 20's, but they were mostly smaller bikes, in the 250cc to 350cc range. Then marriage and kids interrupted my riding and I never got another bike...until recently.

30 years have passed, the kids are grown, and the wife and I started talking about doing some riding. We looked at different bikes and decided that we wanted to do some longer distance trips, and tentatively settled on a Gold Wing.

While discussing this with my biker friends, they told me that they were worried about me getting such a large bike as my first bike after three decades of non riding. I found this to be sound advice and decided to get a smaller bike, get my skills back, then upgrade to a bigger bike later.

One Wednesday evening, my wife and I were discussing what kind of bike we wanted to get, and how much we were willing to pay for it. We wanted to pay cash instead of have a bike payment. We came up with a number and I decided to look on eBay just to see what kind of bike I could get for the amount of money.

I knew from some co-wokers that a Honda Shadow 750 was one of the bikes that would suit my needs, so I started looking at used Shadows. The first page that came up in my search had a 2003 750 Shadow Ace. The description indicated that it only had 2600 miles on it, and that it was in "pristine" condition. The pictures that accompanied the auction seemed to confirm that it was indeed, a very clean bike.

I checked the time on the auction, and there was only 90 minutes remaining. I called my wife into the den, and I showed here the Shadow. After checking it out, she told me to go ahead and bid on it. I watched the auction for the next hour, and saw that there were 2-3 people bidding on it, and that it was approaching my spending limit. The seller was located about 3.5 hours from me, so if I won the auction, picking the bike up would not be a problem.

As the end of the auction approached, several of the bidders dropped off, leaving only 1 other bidder left that appeared to be active. As I lurked, I went to Kelly Blue Book and found that the amount I wanted to spend was approximately $500 lower than what KBB said the bike was worth. If the condition of the bike was really what the seller said it was, the value of the bike would be another $500 or so higher.

The auction got down to the last few minutes, with no activity from the other bidders, perhaps they were lurking too. With 30 seconds left in the auction, I put my bid in and waited. After about a minute, I hit F5 to refresh the screen and found that I had won!

Now buyer's remorse set in. OMG, I had just purchased a bike in an hour and a half, and I had bought it on eBay! What was I thinking?

I made the initial contact with the seller. He had asked for a deposit via PayPal within the first 48 hours, but I did not currently have enough money in my PayPal to do that, so we just arranged for me to come pick it up that Saturday and I would pay him the full amount then.

Saturday morning, we stopped at the U-Haul store and got a bike trailer, hooked it up to the Mountaineer, and off we went.

We met the seller at his home, and checked out the bike. It was in beatuiful shape, and it was hard to tell that it was a 4 year old bike. He had all the miscellaneous stuff that went with it, 2 helmets, books, gloves, cleaner, the works.

We completed the deal, put the bike on the trailer, and headed home.

Coincidentally, on the drive home, we passed the Oscar Meyer Weiner Wagon, so of course we had to smile and wave! And then, further up the road, we passed the Blues Brothers car, complete with the big speaker on the roof. Then, the icing on the cake. We were passed by a 2007 Shelby GT 500 Mustang! What a sweet ride that is...

We got home, put the bike in the garage, and returned the trailer. We got online and got the insurance part done. Later that week, I got the title transferred and the plate purchased. I signed up for the MSF BRC and took the course at the local community college. I highly recommend this course for anyone who rides.

Wallet card in hand, I went to the DMV, got my license, came home and fired the bike up and rode it the 5 miles to work.

I have since added the windshield and the Mustang seats, and I have a Cobra backrest coming this week.

Everything about the purchase of this bike pretty much fell into place, and I could not be happier with my Shadow ACE.
 

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Great story. e-bay really is worth it sometimes.

When I went to buy a bike last year, I was set on a v-star 650 (cheaper). I then saw a great looking 750 aero on e-bay and went for it. I managed to snipe the other bidders with a few seconds to go and won the auction, but no luck since it was below the reserve.

Although I had wanted a shaft-drive, I then noticed a blue '02 ACE (also on e-bay) and priced way below KBB + very low mileage. Sure - chain drive, but it looked like such a steal. After getting into a bidding war close to the end of the auction, I decided to break down and hit 'buy it now'. The 'buy it now' prices are usually a rip off, but this guy had put 'buy it now' at about 500 below KBB and you had to pick up the bike. Since the bidding was only 100 under the 'buy it now' and the bike was only 70 miles away, I figured what the hell. I think the fact that you had to pick up the bike and the fact that it was late-September kept the price low. Turns out the owner had a new VTX1800 and needed cash. The ACE hadn't been ridden in about a year and it's a good think he had put stabil in the tank.

The rest is history. I love my ACE, and now that I've got the maintence nearly up-to-date I'm riding it every chance I get.

Congrats and enjoy your ACE!

Cheers, D-Mac
'02 ACE 750
 

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I have a similar story about how I purchased my ACE, it came off of ebay also, a Ft. Wayne yamaha dealer (4 hrs. away) listed it for a guy that just bought a bigger bike from them and wanted to sell it outright instead of trading it in, watched the auction the last day hour by hour and placed my bid in the final few minutes. after contacting the owner after the auction ended, I found out the owner was from my hometown and actually was a old friend of my fathers, that gave me a great relief when the buyers remorse set in.

I think I got a great deal (under kbb value w/ 5000 on the clock) and was glad I placed the bid. Similar bikes around here I would have paid at least a thousand more for the same add on options.

Mine had the memphis windshield, sissy bar, luggage rack, w/s bag, luggage rack bag, saddle bags, and a cover.

anyway congrats on your purchase
 

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That musta been a really dumb U-Haul place...

Everyone I've been to won't rent a trailer to ANY Ford Explorer type...the Mountaineer is basically a re-badged Exploder.

U-Haul has a corporate policy to NOT rent a trailer to anyone who owns an Exploder, Ranger, Exploder Sport Trac, etc.

You got lucky there dude :)

Best of luck with your new scoot :)
 

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I also got mine from e bay

The seller was about 1.5 hours north of where I live and I took off one day to have a look and a ride and loved it from the minute I rode her.

I offered the reserve price there and then, but he still wanted to go to auction that ended three days later.

I watched and sat and luckily for me there was no other bidders and with 20seconds to go, put in the reserve and won the bike.

A few days later, my son and I took off from work and I rode her home.

The funny story is that everyone at my work and all the local boys knew I had bought it and I hadn't told the wife!

We had sweeps running on how long it would take her to find out with a case of beer as the prize :lol:

I wouldn't have been found out but I had my other bike in the back shed and I was getting ready to sell it and was taking photos etc and she finally put two and two together.

It was really funny as a heap of boys where at our place and broke down in hysterics and she couldn't do a thing but laugh! Everyone still has a giggle over it.

BTW my son won the beer with a bet of one week :lol:

Jeff
 

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Yeah, yeah, but what color was the Shelby?

Good post, I have had good luck with ebay. I have bought a car and a couple of motorcycles on there, not to mention about a million dollars worth of chrome accessories. You will find that buying the motorcycle was the cheap part. :lol: :lol:
 

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Labswine said:
That musta been a really dumb U-Haul place...

Everyone I've been to won't rent a trailer to ANY Ford Explorer type...the Mountaineer is basically a re-badged Exploder.

U-Haul has a corporate policy to NOT rent a trailer to anyone who owns an Exploder, Ranger, Exploder Sport Trac, etc.

You got lucky there dude :)

Best of luck with your new scoot :)
I called them first and they asked why type of vehicle it was going to be, and I told them it was a Mountaineer with the V8 and they said it was fine. So, I dunno...
 
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