RM250AF value?

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2/6/2019 7:30 AM

Thinking of selling this. I know what a good clean 2005 RM250 is worth. Whats a good asking price? Its "homebuilt" and was done by a competent welder with good materials. I put the pieces together and just told him what to weld. I've been riding it for about seven years and its still in one piece. Plus it come with everything to go back to the steel frame. The motor is solid. I put a FWW in it and tightened the power valve spring on it so its perfect for the woods.
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2/6/2019 7:33 AM

Its worth what someone will pay for it. One guy might give $3,000. Another will say no chance he rides a bike built in some guys garage.

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2/6/2019 7:48 AM

For sure. My best bet I'm thinking is to trade for another toy.

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2/6/2019 8:38 AM

$3-3500 max... so it goes. The home builts, unless exceptional are always at the disappointing end of the value spectrum. Not to say yours isn't awesome, but being a Suzuki lowers the value as well. They are horrible on the used bike market, just the way it is.

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2/6/2019 9:10 AM

Less than a clean stock version. Sorry.

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2/6/2019 9:21 AM

I would have to examine the work closely myself in order to have an opinion on the conversion

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2/6/2019 10:38 AM

Might be worth more to put it back to stock. Just speculating but some people (myself included) may be timid buyers because of potential safety concerns.

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2/6/2019 10:51 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/6/2019 10:52 AM

Let's say the welding and workmanship is impeccable. What makes this bike more desirable than a stock steel frame RM250? This wasn't exactly Suzuki's best aluminum chassis.
I have to agree with HazemG and Adam43 ^^^^^

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2/6/2019 11:14 AM

mx_563 wrote:

Let's say the welding and workmanship is impeccable. What makes this bike more desirable than a stock steel frame RM250? This wasn't exactly Suzuki's best aluminum chassis.
I have to agree with HazemG and Adam43 ^^^^^

When I was working on it I had the frames side by side and they are for the most part identical. As far as performance it turns a little slower than the RM so this vet rider can be lazy. When it was a steel frame it handled great as a RM does but you have to be on it all the time. I think uniqueness has some value to people.

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2/6/2019 11:20 AM

Adam43 wrote:

Less than a clean stock version. Sorry.

It comes with everything to be a stock clean version. I have the old frame.

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2/6/2019 11:25 AM

user760a wrote:

I would have to examine the work closely myself in order to have an opinion on the conversion

We put solid aluminum bar inside the tubes where the frame was cut. Just a short piece so its not just butt welded. The welder says he got penetration into those so it should be solid. Its held up for eight years so far.

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2/6/2019 11:35 AM

show some cradle pix.

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2/6/2019 1:05 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/6/2019 1:06 PM

i'd give 2000 if it handled the way it should and felt as it should



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2/6/2019 1:10 PM

Maybe in 1984 a good frankenbike might be desirable. But not today, for me. unless there’s a 500 moto in It. But you can just get a rm250 and refurb it back from the dead....

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2/6/2019 4:01 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/6/2019 4:03 PM

The larger chassis feel would be great. I liked the ergonomics of my 06 450 better than the steel 2 stroke chassis because I'm a big guy.

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2/6/2019 5:55 PM

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I would keep it.looks like you personalized it for YOU. Just like my machine. Can’t put a value on that?
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2/7/2019 4:18 AM

It probably not worth any more to the average bike rider than the original model is. Unless it’s built by someone in the industry who has a known reputation, then it’s still most likely thought of as a home built. While the thought of an aluminum frame intrigues me a little, I’d want to do it myself vs buying one from someone else. When I really get down to it, I feel like it’s mostly just a gimmick because is it really going to perform better than stock. I’d document the finished bike, put it back to stock, sell the bike with the option (for extra cost) of the aluminum frame, or separate and sell the frame on its own. It may be worth more separated. This is just my opinion on how I feel on the matter. Take it with a grain of salt. Good luck.

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2/7/2019 10:03 AM

I would say sell it $4500 obo all day if it's a clean build.

Granted it's not a 500, but guys sell cr500af builds all the time for $5500-$6000.

To me anyway, rm250 and yz250 engines have always had the best spread in power (have only ridden jap smokers so can't compare to KTM).

Only reason I could see selling for under $4k is if someone could justify the older frame being undesirable.

Imo, put it up for $4800 obo IF everything external and internal is fantastic in shape. If it's a little "beat", then you're probably looking at $3200-$3600 realistically.

Just giving my humble opinion as someone who is picky and only buys used.

Good luck with the sale, bro ? I do love the build.

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2/7/2019 11:12 AM

mikec265 wrote:

The larger chassis feel would be great. I liked the ergonomics of my 06 450 better than the steel 2 stroke chassis because I'm a big guy.

I'm 6'2" so with a tall seat theres good leg room.

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