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1981 XV750 - Need Help Pricing

PostAuthor: jcdale » Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:40 am


I have been putting around The Black Hills on this Yamaha XV 750 for a couple of years, now. It's got about 25k miles on it. Back shock isn't working that well. Motor runs good. Always starts easily if I drop it into second, pull the clutch and roll it back and forth a few feet. It's the hot rod of the series that year as I understand it .. shaft drive, mono shock, mono-frame, and 5g tank. New tires. I've been careful to use Sea Foam before the cold weather sets in. Changed the intake manifolds. It's got a little stutter at low throttle position because I took off the vacuum assist doohickie (still have it). Mostly OEM, lost the battery cover. Great old bike, though, and I would like to know how much I could get for it (I want to build another bike my dad gave me).


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Re: 1981 XV750 - Need Help Pricing

PostAuthor: chrismalm » Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:19 pm

I don't know the market in your corner of the map, but in So. Cal. I'm guessing it would fetch $800 - $1,200 depending on tire and battery condition, and how severe the stutter is. Tank, bars and mirrors look good. Seat cracks, missing covers, and stutter, not so good.
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Re: 1981 XV750 - Need Help Pricing

PostAuthor: Jake » Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:53 pm

Kelly Blue Book gives a retail price from a dealer of $1190, in excellent condition.

Sorry to say, yours is far from that. Aside from the things Chris mentioned, having to roll the bike back and forth in 2rd gear before starting it, is not a good selling feature. About the only thing you have going for you is the 5 gallon, 920RH tank.

To be honest, you’ll be lucky to get $800.
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