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I am near Wasilla, Alaska and due to economic reasons I am having to decide on selling my 1980 CX 500 Deluxe, I don't know the exact mileage but it should be around 42,000 miles. It has been taken care of by myself, has new Bridgestone tires, a new stock stator less than a 1000 miles ago, I have done a valve job on the heads and it now has electric cooling fans. It also has a Vetter Vindicator fairing. Its nice looking and rides great.

Its been wrapped up for the winter but can be started up, what I am interested in is what would it be worth?
 

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What it is worth and what it is worth to you could differ greatly. Remember that like cars the value doesn't go up for replacing parts that are needed. So the new tires and stator are kind of out. Yes it helps but doesn't really bring the value up. Even though tires are what $130ish and the stator is about $212 plus the rear gasket.



In my area your bike would probably be worth $500-800.



When you changed the stator did you look at the cam chain to see how worn it was?
 

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What it is worth and what it is worth to you could differ greatly. Remember that like cars the value doesn't go up for replacing parts that are needed. So the new tires and stator are kind of out. Yes it helps but doesn't really bring the value up. Even though tires are what $130ish and the stator is about $212 plus the rear gasket.



In my area your bike would probably be worth $500-800.



When you changed the stator did you look at the cam chain to see how worn it was?
I was a poster here before the forums changed and I posted a history of the bike from the day I bought it, I'll try and see if I can find the archived threads, but I was the poster that had the Mouse on a motorcycle avatar. The chain is in excellent condition as is the tensioner, I also forgot to say the bike also has an HID headlamp as well. I'm the guy that installed two Vantec Tornado case fans on my mod.



I doubt anyone but an Alaskan can tell me what its worth, up here even 30+ year old bikes like mine draw a minimum of $1500, I paid $1000 for it. Just take a brief tour of the Anchorage/Mat Su Craigslist motorcycle listings.
 

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I was a poster here before the forums changed and I posted a history of the bike from the day I bought it, I'll try and see if I can find the archived threads, but I was the poster that had the Mouse on a motorcycle avatar. The chain is in excellent condition as is the tensioner, I also forgot to say the bike also has an HID headlamp as well. I'm the guy that installed two Vantec Tornado case fans on my mod.



I doubt anyone but an Alaskan can tell me what its worth, up here even 30+ year old bikes like mine draw a minimum of $1500, I paid $1000 for it. Just take a brief tour of the Anchorage/Mat Su Craigslist motorcycle listings.
Here is my very first post here on the forums.

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nice to hear from you silverado.sorry to hear the hard times there mean your selling your bike,i remember you being very active on the old forum.


good luck
 

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Never had a problem remembering who you were. There's only a few people from the old site in your area.



And yes location is a big deal. I know some of the guys in the back country of Canada have a hell of a time buying these bikes for a decent price.



But still time of sale, condition of bike, and people interested is the big part of selling your baby and getting a price that you think is deserved.
 

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The situation is this, the bike was for my son, he is 17 but had some problems over a year ago and has been in a foster home. Now the state is demanding $5,000 march 1st for the foster home fees, apparently politics here in Alaska has decided that due to the loss of Federal funding they are closing the program that was paying all his costs. My wife will have her wages garnished, she is barely able to work herself as she has MS. I work seasonal from April until November and my UI benefits are barely enough for me to make my share of the monthly bills.



I send an email to the case worker telling her I have had enough and we are leaving Alaska, whether I do is a matter of time. If we do that I will be liquidating most of my personal assets such as a massive gun collection, my train collection, and the Honda, I may even have to default on the new Yamaha 1300.



This is just the straw that has broke our back, I gave up my winter reserve funds just to pay back taxes. We are hitting the road possibly in the spring. I am sick and tired of Alaska and its laws about the child protection services, they want me to leave to break up our family.



Sorry about the little rant, I don't want sympathy, I will listen to reason as I always thought Alaska was a better place to live for my family. I guess not.



The bike is outside right now, I might get it unwrapped and brought inside to the kitchen, wipe off the spray oil, install the battery and take some pics for Craigslist.
 

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nice to hear from you silverado.sorry to hear the hard times there mean your selling your bike,i remember you being very active on the old forum.


good luck
Thanks I appreciate that, when I lost my son I kinda just withdrew from the forums, the CX was covered up and forgotten. Its kinda hard to be part of a forum when you lose interest. Funny thing is now I am actually beginning to think I might keep it and let the bank take back the Yamaha, I have only paid less than $3000 on it.
 

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Capitalization doesn't make it any more or less important. Here's and example United States, canada, Mexico, france, Spain, italy, China, japan and Australia.




Just because I don't always capitalize the first letter of every state, province, nation, country or continent doesn't mean either is more important as an entity.
 

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not that it matters......here in Spain[capitalized in english] does not get capitalized here in espana............odd,but i think its true
 

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Cute, but a weasel reply Don. To insinuate that your capitaization is random is disengenuous, if not dishonest. You are a moderator now and if you want to maintain a level of respect, especially from the international members, then you will have to put aside your personal prejudices. You have complained many times about the unpleasant encounters you have had attempting to enter Canada, for whatever those reasons were, and I suspect that is the reason for the intentional and continuing belittlement. I have mentioned this to you before and you seem not to care that some might be irritated if not offended. Take the high road buddy.



Apologies for the hijack Silverado6x6.
 

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seems to be a sign of the times all over the world Silverado,i hope everything works out for you all,especially your son
 

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seems to be a sign of the times all over the world Silverado,i hope everything works out for you all,especially your son




Well here in America my situation isn't all that unique, actually we are having some pretty good political protests occurring as of this very minute. Many Americans are getting sick and tired of socialized programs that drain our resources, some are openly tied to Unions, many are nothing more than touchy feely groups that sprang up when the Feds were throwing money to the four winds.



Now in my case there were several Child Protection agencies that sprang up over the years, in Alaska Federal funding is pretty heavy, every politician that managed to remain in office was there because they were bringing home the pork to fund every little socialized program.



BUT....the funds are drying up, they now are attacking the family, I am again not alone, its happening all across America, the Unions, the socialized peoples programs are being threatened with extinction, they flourished in the last couple of years by the liberal spending and stimulus programs.



I am hoping the State realizes that they are destroying my family, they are forcing us to leave the state, and I will make them an object of hate as long as I can and as far as I can spread the word.



To me this was in effect failed socialism striking back. They have the power to control you me and all Americans, if we don't pay their dues they will take what we have away. And as long as they have the support behind them coming from the very top, well this isn't Egypt. Sorry folks I'm getting my blood pressure back up and I'm afraid I have already crossed a forum rules line by injecting my conservative rhetoric.
 

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Silverado, for me, I do wish you the best of luck. Not a pleasant situation to be in, and for definitely unpleasant reasons. Yes, the topic does teeter on the precipice of the rules, and thus I will leave that alone, whether I agree or not.



Try to keep a positive outlook on things, the silver lining if you will. Surely there is some good to come of your decisions and actions. Good luck in sorting it out with an open mind. It's very easy to get derailed in that arena.



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Hi Friend,



Sorry to hear that you are selling your CX500. I live in Fairbanks and I am a keen owner of CX/GL models. I owned a '79 version and very much enjoyed it. I sold it because of the 1983 Silver Wing that I found. I think there are many Alaskan riders who would enjoy riding your bike.
 

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Hi Friend,



Sorry to hear that you are selling your CX500. I live in Fairbanks and I am a keen owner of CX/GL models. I owned a '79 version and very much enjoyed it. I sold it because of the 1983 Silver Wing that I found. I think there are many Alaskan riders who would enjoy riding your bike.




I have not quite pulled the bike out of storage yet, there is quite a few motorcycle buyers looking for any non dirt bike for sale in the under $2500 range around here in Wasilla. Of course the ads are heavily full of Harleys, but the prices are all out of range for first time buyers.



I have no doubt it will sell quick and at a good price, I am trying to justify my reasons again at putting it on the top of the list of items to sell to pay my taxes and forced health insurance payments.
 

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Bought an '81 GL500 Siverwing Interstate last summer for $1600. I think the guy would have taken far less. This was in Anchorage, and the bike was in great shape, complete with fairing and luggage and only 17,000 miles. The guy had it on Craig's list for nearly a week before I saw it, and he had only one other semi-interested caller on it. Not exactly a hot commodity around here.



Alaska hasn't suffered near the problems as many other places due to the recent recession. There's still a lot of interest in new and overpriced used Harleys. There are people looking for cheap bikes, but they are usually after a screaming deal.
 

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Bought an '81 GL500 Siverwing Interstate last summer for $1600. I think the guy would have taken far less. This was in Anchorage, and the bike was in great shape, complete with fairing and luggage and only 17,000 miles. The guy had it on Craig's list for nearly a week before I saw it, and he had only one other semi-interested caller on it. Not exactly a hot commodity around here.



Alaska hasn't suffered near the problems as many other places due to the recent recession. There's still a lot of interest in new and overpriced used Harleys. There are people looking for cheap bikes, but they are usually after a screaming deal.


"Screaming deals" Of course, its the boom and bust economics that Alaska is famous for.





Of course being still february also keeps the market down, lot of people out of work like me. The issue of me having to to sell it is even changing as I am just going to thumb my nose at the State of Alaska and the Office of Childrens Services, they can just go ahead and start garnishing my wages.

There is enough political turmoil going on and I am part of a political forum where I write for, I am just explaining all the "facts" of the system we have in this state to some interested media persons.



I spent a lot of time re-building my bike for my son, they may have my son but not forever, I feel that in my heart me selling the bike is like walking away from my son both literally and figuratively.
 
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