selling accident damaged VFR750F - how much to ask?

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Bodo, Mar 22, 2006.

  1. Bodo

    Bodo Guest


    I recently had an accident with my 97 VFR750F (Honda RC36). It got hit
    sideways by a car and the impact took off most of the front fairing
    including the lights and the clocks.

    The frame and engine still seems fine, and the bike only had 23
    thousand miles and the rear tire is still quite new. Since I have to
    pay for the damages, I'm not yet sure if there is much point in getting
    it all fixed, since I guess that would cost at least 1.5 - 2 thousand
    pounds unless I do all the labour myself.
    If I try to sell it to a bike breaker for spare parts, how much should
    I ask for?

    Did you ever sell your accident damaged bike for spare parts? How much
    did you get for it in a similar case (frame, wheels and engine still

    Any advice or experiences would be appreciated,
    Bodo, Mar 22, 2006
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    Dr Zoidberg Guest

    No matter what you ask for they will offer you about twenty pence.
    Ebay is your friend.
    Either as a whole bike or broken for parts you'll get more than anywhere
    Dr Zoidberg, Mar 22, 2006
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  3. Bodo explained on 22/03/2006 :
    As new parts are so very expensive - They fetch good prices in parts on
    ebay as another poster suggested, especially if you are prepared to
    remove the parts and sort out their delivery, then sell what's left to
    a dealer. Don't expect much if you decide to sell it to a dealer for
    parts as is, they have to make a living out of it.

    Alternatively, why not look on ebay for the parts you need to ressurect
    Harry Bloomfield, Mar 22, 2006
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    SteveH Guest


    Rip off the plastics and make a VFR streetfighter.
    SteveH, Mar 22, 2006
  5. Using the patented Mavis Beacon "Hunt&Peck" Technique, SteveH
    "I coulda been a contender".

    Wicked Uncle Nigel - To stay young requires unceasing cultivation of
    the ability to unlearn old falsehoods.

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    Wicked Uncle Nigel, Mar 22, 2006
  6. Bodo

    Bodo Guest

    I'm still keeping the option open of fixing it myself, and I also have
    thought of the streetfighter option. Would that be road legal and pass

    Bodo, Mar 22, 2006
  7. Bodo

    Lozzo Guest

    Wicked Uncle Nigel said...
    Like it. More "Stoney" than "Rocky".
    Lozzo, Mar 22, 2006
  8. Bodo

    Pip Guest

    Top yourself now and cut out the middleman.
    Pip, Mar 23, 2006
  9. Trust me - it will cost far, far more than that. The fairing brackets
    will also be bent, for a start (they'll look straight, but they'll be
    bent, depend on it) and those will have to be replaced new. Even a minor
    off on my Trophy 1200 cost me £650 in bits, and that included actually
    having the bracket and twin headlight units already waiting in the
    garage. Otherwise it would have been a grand and up. Oh, and I repaired
    rathe than replaced one fairing panel.

    My guess is you're looking at £1500 if you DIY, and three grand for an
    insurance job.

    You'll get **** all.
    Break it for parts, and stick them on Ebay. I've done this several

    Your problem is that the desirable bits (fairing, lights, clocks.....)
    are dead. But the engine will be worth a few hundred. Forks are always
    wanted. Ditto exhaust. Seat. Etc etc. Wheels are worth sod all. Brakes
    might fetch a few quid.
    The Older Gentleman, Mar 23, 2006
  10. Of course it would, if you made sure all the "must be legal bits"
    worked, you twonk.
    The Older Gentleman, Mar 23, 2006
  11. Bodo

    Bodo Guest

    *several times* - how many bikes did you crash beyond repair?
    This was my 6th bike in 15 years of motorcycling, and I always sold the
    previous ones. It also was my first accident that was serious enough to
    put me in hospital and leave the bike potentially totalled. Sure, I've
    had a few minor occasions of falling off the bike before, but never
    anything serious, and nothing that couldn't be fixed with a set of
    levers, blinkers, and perhaps a fiberglass repair kit.
    Now, for the first time ever, I'm seriously considering to stop biking
    for good.

    Anyway, thanks for the advice. I haven't decided if I should try to
    resurrect the VFR or sell it on ebay either as parts or whole, as I
    still want to find out more about the exact price of fixing it, but if
    that turns out too much, I'll probably just sell the whole thing.

    Bodo, Mar 26, 2006
  12. None. But I have frequently bought damaged or incomplete bikes, two and
    sometimes even three at a time, in order to build one single one.
    The Older Gentleman, Mar 26, 2006
  13. In, Bodo belched forth and ejected the following:
    Streetfighter it.

    In all likelihood it'll cost you less than 150-200 quid and it'll look
    better, too.
    You'll get next to nothing for it.

    Keep it, remove the fairing, remove the front subframe where all the
    clocks and braketry go, bung a twin healight on and Bob's your Mother's
    Whinging Courier, Mar 26, 2006
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    Pip Guest

    Nah. Looks unbalanced then: you need an angle grinder and the balls
    to nod when somebody suggests cutting it off "just there" ...
    Pip, Mar 29, 2006
  15. In, Pip belched forth and ejected the following:

    If BGN lobs his bike to destruction, I'd love that little speedo he's
    got; that'd be all the excuse I needed to get rid of the front.

    If someone were to make me a little bit of ally plate with LED sized
    holes in it, that'd go some way to the front coming off as that would
    accommodate the idiot lights.


    I've really got better things to spend my money on but it would look
    better with a couple of small clocks.

    Hmmm... Will there be a BOMB run this year, Mr.Pip? I feel an angle
    grinder session coming on
    Whinging Courier, Mar 30, 2006
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    Pip Guest

    Bung me a dimensioned drawing and we'll see what we can do. I've
    still got a lump of 6mm ally left over from the Champion-105 exhaust
    hanger phase.
    Every other year, innit? We can certainly feel a PixieFest coming on,
    and a BOMB run will be concomitant.
    Pip, Mar 30, 2006
  17. In, Pip belched forth and ejected the following:
    Ho-Kay. Gimme long enough to experiment with what look hot/what looks
    not once the front is off and she's a goer. Depending on design or
    cable-tie supply, the oil cooler may need moving.
    Excellent. I'll try and source some previously enjoyed clocks but if
    this is going to into mission critical, I dare say the thumbs will be
    turning the hallowed pages of the Buster's accessories catalogue...
    Whinging Courier, Mar 31, 2006
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    Pip Guest

    Even better: you fake it up in carboard and post it to me, I'll molish
    it in ally and post it back. Easy.
    It'll be much easier chopping the back end off the R1 - you've no use
    for the pillion seat and there's only the one can.
    Pip, Apr 1, 2006
  19. In, Pip belched forth and ejected the following:
    Brilliant idea!

    I will molish one in card but it'll be along the lines of a strip of
    ally with 6 or so holes drilled for LEDs rather than bulbs for the
    instrH^H^H^idiot lights.

    Blimey, it might even fit properly, too!

    Neh fooking chance[1] :)

    That reminds me, if it isn't pissing down later[1] I'll fit the Devil
    pipe I bought for it a few weeks ago.

    [1] I wonder if the rear subframe unbolts? ;)

    [2] 'Cos it's black-as-black out there now and it's very rainy indeed.
    Whinging Courier, Apr 1, 2006
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