When it comes to selling motorbikes in Australia, there’s no shortage of options.
Some are free of charge and seem to reach lots of people — but not necessarily people who are actually interested in buying a motorbike! Big random audiences also come with an increased risk of attention from scammers, tyre-kickers, crooks, and time-wasters.
Some other advertising forums put most of their energy into selling new or near-new bikes — so your rare, collectible or unusual bike might get lost in the crowd.
The Bike Shed Times, on the other hand, has a very select audience; Australian collectors and enthusiasts who are looking to buy vintage, classic, rare and exotic motorcycles. With website traffic around 20,000 views a month, a Facebook following of more than 15,000 people, and a select email subscriber list of less than 2,000, we are big enough to get noticed but small enough to reach our niche — and to take a personal interest in selling your bike.
Over the past five years, our readers have come to rely on us to source ‘special’ bikes for them. If they’re looking to find a new or modern mainstream bike, they generally look elsewhere. But if they’re looking for something like an early Honda Four, an old-school Norton or Triumph, or a more modern high-end Ducati, Bimota or MV Agusta, they keep a close on our Bikes For Sale page.
That’s why we frequently sell bikes in a matter of days, and sometimes in just a few hours — and in one recent case, in less than a minute. Because people who like to buy special bikes keep a very close eye on The Bike Shed Times.
We are an all-Australian business that’s run by an Editor who lives and breathes special motorbikes. We look forward to helping find a buyer for your special bike. Just fill in the form below and send us your photo/s, and we’ll get to work. (A regular advert costs $25 and runs until your bike is sold.)
The fine print.
Send us your photos. Photos taken on your phone are perfectly fine for publication. Email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos should be horizontal (turn your phone on its side when you take the pics!). For the tech-savvy, we prefer an image between 300KB and 2MB in size. If you are sending a video or multiple photos, we recommend you use Dropbox. Alternatively, you may need to send several emails — one with the video and then two or three photos in each email.
Take good photos of your bike. It really does matter. Good pics sell bikes. Get some tips here.
A regular advert costs $25, includes one photo, and runs until you ask us to take it down.
The Facebook option promotes your bike on Facebook and includes up to five photos (make sure they’re horizontal). You can have the Facebook post run once or twice; the second post will be published one week after the first.
Under the extra photos options, readers click on your main photo and it takes them to all your photos (up to 5 pics for an extra $10, or up to 10 pics for an extra $20).
All the Editor’s comments are written by our editor, Peter Terlick. He knows a thing or two about bikes, but he uses Google shamelessly to help him craft his commentary.
Your advert includes your phone number or email address, so prospective buyers contact you direct.
Your bike may be featured in our weekly email newsletter to subscribers, at our discretion.
International sellers: Yes, we accept advertisements for bikes outside of Australia — but you’ll need to be willing to ship to Australia and to provide The Bike Shed Times with proof of ownership. (Submit the form as usual and we’ll be in touch.)
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