Tips for selling

Hey guys, I'm selling my 250 SXF and 450 SXF. My 250 is pretty much sold, but I can't give away this 450. I put it back to stock besides Dr. D pipe, Hammerhead shifter, Renthal chain and sprockets (new), pro taper aluminum throttle tube, R&D powerbowl and a bunch of the little KTM hard parts orange billet peices. The bike is a 2008 has about 60 hrs on it, is in good shape, comes with 5 gallons of VP U4.2 in a drum, and a brand new hi-comp Wiseco piston kit and top end gasket kit (uninstalled). I've had it on Craigslist for about a month for $3,700 and not even a bite. I've lost all hope and last week was set on keeping it, but I just can't. I'm a poor 19 year old on his own with 3 KTM's and that's 2 too many to keep around. So what's the deal? Am I asking too much? Do people not want KTM 450's? I listed my 250 2 nights ago and have already gotten countless e-mails and a guy coming with cash in a few hours. What's a guy to do? Thanks in advance.

(sorry for the long winded post)

Man, unfortunately it is the sign of the times....economics that sux plain and simple. This causes the seller to take huge losses and the buyer to get great deals.

It is not just a KTM problem but every color bike that is used has just taken a beating on resale...makes no difference what you have invested in it, it will be a losing proposition. You are better off taking all the aftermkt crap off and selling this all separately.

The 250 will appeal to a larger audience - this is why it sold quick.

The 450 is a perfect example to the "Law of Diminishing Returns" so many out there for sale and not so many buyers.....the 350 will disrupt this even more. Then the 450s will be worth even less. The jap bikes are even worse...too many made. Supply far outweighs the demand.

Hurts to think about dropping 8k or more into a new 450 and it will be worth poop in 2 years....but this is what the used dirtbike market has become......It now makes more since than ever to buy a used bike over a brand new one unless you like heavy heavy depreciation or have more money than sense....could be worse...go buy a new boat.

Maybe once the sales for all brand-new bikes fall tremendously, maybe the manufacturers will lower the MSRP down to what the market should respond to. But realistically the prices will keep climbing to 9-11k US money range and the depreciation will be huge huge.. huge.

Look at it this way - it is a great time to buy a used bike...and it will only be better as long as the economy is in the toilet.

I guess you just have to wait patiently, or lower the price. Its hard to sell any used machinery these days. A friend of mine had a 06 Acura TL in mint condition and was asking $16500 and no one was interested so he decided to keep it.

I bought my 08 450 SX-F this past summer for $4800, and that dealer still has some left and is selling them for $4500 now. I've also seen a few 08 CRF 450Rs and even an 09 around that price too. I know I'd rather pay another $1000 for piece of mind in getting a brand new bike - I'm not saying you won't get what you're asking but its something to take into consideration.

I agree, return it back to stock. Post it for $3K and sell off all the extras.

Unfortunately I put it as back to stock as I could with parts I could. My stock header cracked, so I have to use the exhuast, shifter bent etc. I had much more on it (ignition, hard parts clutch and ignition covers, SXS triple clamps etc) and had at it a higher price. I was hoping less aftermarket stuff would make it look like less of a race bike (which most of us know, alot of racers take better care of a bike then Joe Trail Rider), and apeal to more people but no such luck. I've never had to sacrafice this much on a bike and still have trouble selling it. Very frusterating.

Montana's per capita income is probably too low to support a robust used dirt bike market.

Here in Denver, a used KTM will sell fast (within days) if priced right. We haven't suffered the same economic downturn as many cities in the US.

I'm not playing the "my city is better than yours" game, but I was surprised when you mentioned an 08 450 SXF for $3700 wouldn't even get a call. You'd get cash-in-hand buyers on the first day here. So I'm offering a perceived explanation.

Montana's per capita income is probably too low to support a robust used dirt bike market.

Here in Denver, a used KTM will sell fast (within days) if priced right. We haven't suffered the same economic downturn as many cities in the US.

I'm not playing the "my city is better than yours" game, but I was surprised when you mentioned an 08 450 SXF for $3700 wouldn't even get a call. You'd get cash-in-hand buyers on the first day here. So I'm offering a perceived explanation.

Very true. Almost every bike I've sold is to someone out of state. The guy who purchased my 250F today is from Washington. Didn't haggle me on price one bit and drove here next dday cash in hand. Was very happy. Maybe I sold it too cheap:lol: Do you think I'd get any bites if I listed it on Denver craigslist? Thanks. BTW, that Sun Enterprises shop you guys got there is incredible! I was real impressed.

nice photos of the bike make a big difference. The first look of a bike will have a buyer stay and look and read the info or click out and go to the next. Ive sold every bike over the past ten years within 1 week of posting it. If you want send me some original photos of the pictures your using to sell it. I will make them HD looking and make the colors pop. It really helps.

I agree with the other guys also with putting in back to stock selling it for less and selling off whatever aftermarket stuff you have. has a pretty good used parts classifieds section ive sold and purchased some stuff off there.

Watch a few on ebay to get a better price idea. My opinion is you are way high, and the 450s, especially MXers just don't sell. I had a really nice KXf450 down to $2400 last year, not a bite on 3 national forums.

You want the best return? Then part it out with realistic prices. It will all go eventually. KTMTALK is a great selling forum & you can check prices there. Be aware though, stuff, even parts, aint worth what is was worth a year or two ago.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Similar Content

    • By Dutch84
      I got about 6 months on my 350 xcf-w. I ride a lot of tight, rocky,rutty, slippery single track in South west PA. The only things I've added are suspension, bark busters, skid plate and disc protectors. I purchased a trail tech mapping switch but hesitant to add it as I heard the dealer needs to unlock the ECU and am not sure how much of a benefit it will be. I have a Scott steering dampner I'm going to add. I'm also looking at exhaust options for my riding conditions. What do you guys think about the items listed and what suggestions do you have?
    • By OffroadMT
      I am purchasing a 2012 KTM 350XCF after wanting one for a year and finally picking one up in December. My question is what are some good things to watch for on this bike as far as initial set up and good Mods to improve bike ? My plan is to add a skid plate, hand guards and muffler with the possibillity of changing the header pipe and a Rekluse EXP would be nice as we ride mostly single track mountain trails with some rocks . Any good thoughts and suggestions would be appretiated
    • By element9

      The story begins with simple installation procedure of a BIG BORE kit that we ordered from USA . The manufacturer (CYLINDER WORKS) and the dealer send us the correct kit and so far so good ! .
      The bike is a KTM 250 sx-f ,2011 model and bellow there are some photos for you, just to see how careful I am throughout the process .
      .. .. .. .. I change the valve seals and the exhaust titanium valves and springs with the PROX steel kit and make a little polishing on the intake and exhaust
      Put the cylinder-piston on and always with guidance from workshop manual and correct clamps...
      Until now we where happy !!! We start the engine ,and everything seems to be ok!
      Began to make the first ride and…… DISASTER !!!
      The engine start bleeding OIL from the hose-tube !!!!!!!!! I thought its normal if it is one-two drops but unfortunately didn’t STOP .
      We did one more ride to see what happens and still BLEEDING. Back to the WORKSHOP.
    • By riyaadhd
      hi TT users
      i have a flat 11 acre property 20 mins from my house. the property has a pond in the middle of it.
      i am wanting to build an mx track on there, What equipment/excavators will i need to hire. how will i go about constructing the berms, whoops, table tops and jumps. And how can i keep out unwanted riders. How much dirt will i need?
      i would be great if any ones knows track designers and cheap dirt and machine hires. (Dont have much $$ to spend so free or cheap dirt and equipment would be GREAT )
      i am in Brisbane, qld, Australia. Any quarries i can phone to dump free dirt
    • By shift1313
      Hey guys, i just picked up a used 2012 ktm 450 sxf to be my supermoto race bike next year. the bike seems pretty much stock but there is a connector on the left side of the steering stem that I am 99% sure couldnt be factory. Its a 4 pin connector, 2 wires in, 2 wires out(to the Estart switch on the bar). On the estart side of the connector there is a small jumper wire in the other 2 spots. I have found lots of info on adding the ignition map switch but i can't find anything about this connector or if it was factory. There is a small coil of wire just before the connector and the connectors appearance makes me think it was some aftermarket or home brew ignition map switch. This is a carb US 450sxf.