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Buying or Selling a Motorcycle
© Copyright 2014, R. Fleischer
This is not an article on pre-purchase-inspecting a BMW air-cooled twin motorcycle (aka Airhead, manufactured 1970 to 1995). Nor does this article contain information about how to prepare the motorcycle for sale. This is an article for a seller and purchaser about safety in negotiations and making a deal, test rides, handling a title, etc. The author's website contains well over 100 articles on maintenance, but I do not necessarily expect you to read them prior to, for example, purchasing a motorcycle. If you are new to BMW Airhead motorcycles, I suggest you post an inquiry to the free Airheads LIST, for comments on things you should know about Airheads, and if you have a specific model (and perhaps year), or specific questions, that LIST is THE place for inquiries. Different years and models have specific things to know and be aware of. You may join the LIST here: http://lists.micapeak.com/mailman/listinfo/airheads
Do not ship the vehicle or let it go until & unless it is 100% fully paid for; and, any check or money order has fully cleared your bank; ...say, 2+ weeks. Best is to avoid possible problems of depositing any sort of checks or money order, and simply cash the buyers check or money order at the buyers own bank upon which the check or money order is drawn (you need not be at his personal branch of that bank), if that is possible. DO NOT deposit or cash the check at YOUR bank, unless you are willing to take the chance/risk on the buyers check (even if a cashiers check or money order ...both of which can be forged). Consummate the sale with CASH (bonafide) if you can, NOT a cashiers check, NOT a money order. You could handle it all at the BUYERS bank, both of you there in person, & same for DMV. Be aware that YOUR bank cannot be immediately sure his check or money order is valid, but HIS bank can.