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What is my 1982 Miyata 912 worth?

Old 01-31-22, 01:49 PM
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What is my 1982 Miyata 912 worth?

It has been on a bike rack in the garage for 30 years. It's all- original and in excellent physical and cosmetic condition. All original parts.
I still have the owner's manual and it has the matching serial number of the bike.
With bilateral hip replacements, my cycling days are more than over.

I have a new account, so I'm not allowed to post pictures.
Anyway, real curious as to the value, before I put it out to market.

Thanks in advance,
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Old 01-31-22, 02:16 PM
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Old 01-31-22, 05:36 PM
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Typical Miyata, where the model improved dramatically throughout the 1980s. Early 1980s models were more basic, with the high ten steel fork (and probably stays too).

Those 600 arabesque parts have really good value, particularly the crankset. I've sold several in the past year. Been sitting unused for decades means it is due some serious maintenance, not just a tune up. As it sits, $200 in an average bike market. Hopefully your market is better!

600 arabesque parts might bring close to $500 on evil bay: headset, crankset, brake calipers and levers, derailleurs, shift levers, wheels. Then frame, fork, seat post will have some value too. Best to have the unique headset tools so you don't damage the top nut (its on the fragile side).

I see a lot of 600 groups on low end Ross bikes from that era. I snagged a Ross for $75, 600 parts are worth the amount above. Great way to supplement a bike fund. Regardless of what buyer tells you, good chance someone will part it out.
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Old 01-31-22, 07:13 PM
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That looks real nice. I would ask $350 if it were mine. Take $300.
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Top end vintage Japanese bikes usually sell for about 1/2 or 1/3 of what a top of the line vintage Italian model would go for. So, $300 is basically what you're looking at. It's a shame too. Most of these old Japanese bikes are better than their Italian counterparts.
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I​​​​​ have an '82 with an upgraded Tange Champion fork, and I wouldn't sell it for $1,000. It's an exceptional ride.

It's black with gold decals and a difference seat tube decal, so I don't think yours was marketed as an '82. Guessing yours is an '81. Do your shifters clamp on? 1982 was the first year the 912 had a brazed shifter mount. The '81 version of this model used a clamp. Also '82 has a recessed nut for the front brake. Yours is "nutted," not recessed. Really good online catalogs for each year in PDF format are available.

Mine has those same rims, which are really lightweight. Most everything else has been replaced with Italian componentry.

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In my area I see Miyatas in lesser condition offered for $300 to $350 from time to time. In this survivor condition, having the owner's manual and Miyata being something I would have liked having as a teenager, I would probably give the $350. Assuming these are recent pictures, and given the green grass, I'm guessing this isn't in my area.
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Saw one in my area for $160. I passed, although I thought it was a good deal. It was for sale for several weeks. Hopefully your market is stronger. Agree, a lot of the made in Japan bikes are under appreciated. Most buyers just recognize a few brands from their youth, like: Schwinn, Raleigh, Peugeot, Trek. A brand like Panasonic or Miyata can be overlooked, yet be superior in many ways to the well known brands IMO. Of course, I would say that since I currently have five Panasonics in the family fleet.

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We always say it like real estate, location, location, location. In some markets that's a $300 plus bike. There's no doubt it could be parted out and reap more return, but like Thrifty Bill always says, eBay gets their cut, you have to box up and ship and if there's an issue, the buyer seems to have most of the power.

Miyata is an overlooked brand, but not by people who know better. I own a 1989 312 and it is one of the best riders I've ever experienced. I simply love it.
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I purchased this 912 for $70 and sold it for $325. It was in excellent condition.

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I don't want to set the OP's expectations too high, Arabesque groups while sought after IMO are not a 600.00 group.......Given the current market, I would say 300-350 maximum I have seen them go for less.
You can always start out high end, but be prepared to lower your price if it lingers too long.
Good Luck with the sale.
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Old 02-19-22, 04:51 PM
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Concur with the others; this bike is worth $300 plus depending the location. In my mid sized city in the midwest, you might have a hard time getting $300 for it. In larger cities, it's worth more.
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