Yeah Carl pretty pethetic of a dealer. Now I will go out of my way to buy from somewhere else. They obviously dont remember the golden rule and I was eager to inform him of it. I then tore into his R1 that was "built from the bottom up" The windshield, gauge clustet and all plastic was faded and oxidized clearly the bike was left outside. Then he said but the engine is this... And I said well its been down right? Hr asks how I know and I tell him the left fairing is new the right is old and the decals are crooked. I would love to see everything unde the fairing I say. Well I dont think we will trade anyway he says. I said NOPE we sure wont.
This is the whole mindset of used car/bike dealers. They make more money by doing a beat down. Although they have valid points about aftermarket and some other mods as well as damage, but they still have a vested interest in doing the worse beatdown they can.
I put up a 1966 Chevelle SS 396 that has an average BB value of $40,000.00. One guy said, well the body is worth about 8K, another 2K for the engine, and a few grand for all the other parts, he wanted it at 15K.
Another was near the same price because he wanted the entire car torn down to zero and because the color wasn't the original color.
I laughed at one guy after he said he just lost a bid on another of the same exact cars... I told him he's trying to get a classic muscle car for 1/2 price, he said "yea but you don't haven't sold the car, so there" ... I said... not a problem, I've got a great classic muscle car that I'd love to keep...
Same when I had my bike up for sale. The guy offered about $2K and I was at $3400... he calls back a few weeks later asking if I had considered his offer... I said that I really didn't consider his offer to be a serious offer. He wasn't getting the deal he thought he was going to get and I was glad.
You have a bike that has great potential. The loss you'd take selling/trading it could be spent on the upgrades. If you budget some 1500 or so on it, I'm sure you'll end up with a great bike.