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Hey everyone, I've been trying to sell my 10 for the past 3 weeks now and I recently received a suspicious email from someone browsing craigslist.com. Now, I've sold 3 bikes on there and never received an email like this. The context in which the email was written seemed almost like..well..."scamminess".. for a lack of a better word. I deleted the email but this is basically what it said...

::In regards to 2005 Kawasaki ZX-10R:::
I was wondering if you could tell me the location of the bike so I can come look at it.


Well, first of all... here is my craigslist listing here. http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/mcy/211656903.html

I personally think I did a thorough job of listing the bike covering all base's like year,make,model, mileage,location, description. It says exactly that im located in Arlington VA. So I think nothing of it, most people ask questions when they are blatantly posted/answered in the listing. So I decide to email from my "junk" email address that has no name/address registered to my home (super paranoid person here) and ask for his contact info so I can call him first. I did this to see if a legitimate name and phone number came from that email address and it sure did. This is the response I received:

The name is Eric: My cell is XXX-XXX-XXXX. Call and
leave message anytime.

followed by this
work until 4:00PM, but you can leave a message with
a return contact number for me to call you back on.


Ok, at this point im like he seems like a legit guy so I call from my cell phone and leave a message. I get a call back that afternoon and the guy didnt seem like he know a whole lot about bikes... no biggie im thinking. He kept saying it was a clean bike and it looked like i took care of it, and that it was really clean ya da yada yadayada. He then asked me if my bike was garage kept or out in the open, so I said "It is in a car port, kinda like a garage I guess" and no more then 3 seconds after I said then the guy said he had to go and that he would call me back. I said ok and never heard back from him (although its only been a day or 2). I have sent an email asking if he was still interested and no response. Now maybe i'm over reacting but this somehow raised a red flag for me and im super paranoid. My craigslist listing states that the bike never gets rained on and never been in inclement weather. So just about 10 minuets ago I wrote this email and sent it to him::

Eric, for some reason I'm getting a bad vibe about this. I apologize in advance if I'm incorrect about things but it seemed odd that when you asked if my bike was garage kept and I said yes, you got off the phone rather quickly and never called back. The initial email that was sent to me seemed off, the context in which the email was composed is not the typical "Hey is the bike for sale" emails I've received from using craigslist. Im extra paranoid about theft (which is why I even lock my bike up inside my garage) and especially in this area with the recent motorcycle thefts that have been going on. Again I'm not accusing you of anything its just the way this was brought to me signaled a red flag. I wouldnt be surprised if it was a common thing for people to see a bike for sale online and see it in person to know if its an easy target for theft...

Now I'm awaiting his response but maybe I could be totally wrong, but wouldnt be surprised if he was looking for an easy target.

What do you guys think??
 

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I agree. I usually give people the benefit of the doubt, but in this case it would involve a loss of a good sum of money on your part. Bikes are just too damn easy to steal.
 

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Craiglist Bogus inquiries

Craiglist is notorious for shite like that.
I've gotten bogus "interest" on just about everything I've advertised
on there.
I rode all the way to CA from NM to trade a bike to a guy for a car
and it turned out that he had recently purchased the car, not registered it
and none of the paperwork was the same as the (false) name he
had given me. When I called him out over the inequity in everything
he stated that dealing with people over the internet made him nervous
or something.
Be leary of everyone and do not let them come to your house, work etc.
Meet them at a public place. Just my .02 cents.
 

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Have to be careful these days for sure but in all honesty if I called about a bike and was told the bike is kept outside in the elements I'd be striking that bike off my list of bikes to buy. I'm just different like that though.
 

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Off topic though, do you guys think that polished lips would look good on my bike? I always wanted to do it so I might try it this weekend... not sure if anyone is going to buy my bike so I might as well do it..
 

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I'd let him know you got guns ready for a person who'd like to get that bike fer free.

JMHO.
 

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i think your way over reacting. he just doesn't want your bike. i called on many ads and if there was something i didnt like i wouldnt call back . those are legit questions he asked, i think. who wants a bike thats been kept outside under a trap or have scratches all over.when i sold things i would tell them all a about it and would not call them back to see if they wanted it because if they did they would call me. the i got to go part. he is really saying i dont want your bike and he is trying to just get off the phone.
 

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eric said:
i think your way over reacting. he just doesn't want your bike. i called on many ads and if there was something i didnt like i wouldnt call back . those are legit questions he asked, i think. who wants a bike thats been kept outside under a trap or have scratches all over.when i sold things i would tell them all a about it and would not call them back to see if they wanted it because if they did they would call me. the i got to go part. he is really saying i dont want your bike and he is trying to just get off the phone.
Yeah maybe, but he was eating it up all the way to "my bike is garage kept".. Hmmmmmm.... I dunno...
 

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Yeah maybe, but he was eating it up all the way to "my bike is garage kept".. Hmmmmmm.... I dunno...
i would keep an eye on it or keep it somewhere else.
 

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I have only a carport at the house I rent. I went out and got a 6X10 metal storage shed. I set it up in the back of the house and thats where I keep my bike. Its out of the rain and elements, well at least most.
I have a disc lock on the front besides locking the steering. A few months ago my wife came home, called me at work and asked if I was thinking of riding to work, I asked why, and what she said I will never forget; "Well because you forgot the bike out this morning!!" As soon as that was said I told her I am on my way!!!. Told my boss someone tryed to break into the house.
I got home and saw that whoever tryed to steal the bike, peeled the entired side of the shed like a banana and they were able to drag the bike out of the shed but due to the steering lock and disc lock it only moved backwards of about 10ft. No damage or scratches to the bike and also none of the finger prints that the cops took got any hits!!!
Now the entire shed has been reinforced with steel beams on the interior, anchored to the ground and aroud the outside of it more steel beams. NOBODY IS TAKING MY BABY!!!!
Not to mention I now have the steering lock, a disc brake on the front, another disc brake on the rear, a 12in concrete bolt drilled and anchored to the ground with a 1/8 gauge chain welded to the anchor bolt that loops around the front wheel and another one for the rear wheel. Almost forgot the security camera on a 48hr video loop recorder!!! I was sprayed painted, "Smile you are the next star of COPS!!" Good luck now biatches!!!
 

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I keep my bike locked up in my garage. With a 7 times hardened steel chain. plus a 2 way paging alarm with proximity sensor, so I can sleep. If you step 1 foot in my garage the alarm is paging me in my bedroom--by then if you are not gone, "bandit" (shepard/pit ) can get to the front fence in 2.5 seconds-can you ?

Keep a very close eye on your bike my friends
 

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I've learned long ago... Go with your gut. Worst case scenario: you offend him and don't sell the bike to him. Like you mentioned, you've sold bikes on craigslist before,,and will continue to. Many more buyers where he came from.
 
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