"As you can see there is still lots of bike left so we recommend that you buy a decent R1, remove the parts that you need and sell all your leftover parts on Ebay as we know from both our own experience and that of our customers that you recover most of the cost of the donor bike from the sale of the parts that you don't use in building your tR1ke. If you pick your donor bike carefully you could even end up in profit and your tR1ke parts being cost neutral."
I know this is part of the advertising the Tr1ke to boost up the sales, but I would like to know some real life figures:
What percentage did you sell of the donor parts? I'd like to know the timespan as well. formula: (sold parts/costs donor)x100%
In my case: 9 weeks to date, 48.5% (the higher the percentage, the closer to have zero costs for the needed donorparts!)
What percentage would be a realistic selling ratio? I myself think the costs for a plain engine would be acceptable which is about 20% of the costs of the donorbike which equals to 80% of the sold parts.
Excluding shipping the thing internationally, I sold parts that amounted to ~75% of the cost of the donor. I didn't use Ebay much, using a local equivalent instead, and it took well over a year, so you'd need to have lots of space to do it this way. Selecting a good condition donor, or one with extras, is a decent move. Full leather interior will go for a good bit, I can't see anyone buying a cloth one, you'll likely have to pay to have it dumped.
Rocket build in Dublin using an ST170 donor. Driven by an ME221 ecu, Jenvey 45s on DanST manifold, DanST backplate and 90mm trumpets. Vroom vroom.
Only donor I have is my bank account, certain ain't breaking even
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