Searching the adverts.
The Bike Search feature (there's a US and a
UK one) can be used to find adverts by various attributes, such as make, model,
type and engine size. Results of searches will be listed as below. Some
categorised pages that list bikes by a certain category (such as all the
scooter, all the Yamaha, all the Kawasaki KX etc) will show adverts like the one
below where the text contains hypertext links to other pages. In the example,
clicking Suzuki will take you to all
the Suzuki's, GSXR will show you all the
GSXR's, Berkshire - all the bikes we have
for sale in Berkshire etc.
Each advert is listed in brief on the category or search result pages, and
further details about it can be found by clicking the
icon. This will list the up to date details that we have for the advert, because
this new page is made from data stored in a database - and as advertisers update
information on their advert - so this page will be updated. The text, price and
picture can all be updated and might be different from the 'brief' form advert
that was initially clicked, and the last time of updating will be
It's possible that some older adverts may
still be on the site - it's also possible that the bikes are still for sale, as
with free advertising, people sometimes list their bikes to see whether they
could sell them while not actually being in a hurry to sell.
Contacting an advertiser.
We don't publish the email addresses or
telephone numbers of our advertisers. We did when we started, but it was soon
apparent that scammers were using the data to send emails to our advertisers,
and were trying to cheat them out of money and their bikes.
If you decide you want to contact the advertiser, there are a few options:
1. Leave them a message on their advert page
2. Telephone them
3. Email them
Leaving the advertiser a
Clicking this icon on any advert will
take you to a page where you can leave a message or ask a question about the
advert. You will need to sign up for a free account to do this - no details
about you are stored or shared - we just need you to enter a valid email
address, which you will have to reply to to enable the account. With this free
account, you can also look up some telephone numbers where the advertiser wanted
us to make their number available. If the telephone number is available, you can
look it up by clicking this link [Get telephone
no.]. All telephone lookups are logged in case we have a
scammer or canvassers misusing the system.
Once you have an account and post a question, the advertiser will be sent an
email by us letting them know that a question has been asked about their advert
- and hopefully they will answer it.
You can use the free account described above to get some telephone numbers. If
the advertiser wanted us to keep their number safe, then this line will be
displayed next to the telephone field:
Provided - but only available to lookup account holders [Please click here to get an
If they didn't actually leave a number, then this message is displayed:
[Telephone number was not provided by the
To send an email to a seller, you will
need to clear a PayPal security check, or to put it another way, we need to take
a payment off you to make sure that you're who you say you are. There are 3
options for the account:
2 weeks unlimited lookups,
15 lookups-unlimited time
Unlimited messages, lifetime account.
Having any of the accounts will allow you to send an email to any seller of any
advert, and to lookup protected telephone numbers. You gain access to the
message service, and the telephone lookup by clicking the
icon for the relevant advert.
Emailing a friend. You can click this icon to send the page link of any advert
to somebody you know.
If you're an advertiser.
Finding your advert.
Please note that your advert will not be
live immediately after you post it. We will need to process it, check it and
place it. You'll get a confirmation email sent to you when we process it, and a
few hours after receiving the mail, your advert will be live.
Your advert can be found by using the link
that was in the confirmation email the you received from us.
You can also find your advert reference
number by going to this page http://www.bike-exchange.com/update_bike_ad.php
and selecting the [Get reference no.]
link on it. You will then type in your email address, and your advert's
reference number will be returned. You can then fill in the update form with
your reference number, email address and PIN number (chosen when you filled in
the original advert form), and gain access to your advert update system.
Once in the update system, you will have several options, as
Changing your contact details, telephone number,
town, county, price etc.
Altering the advert text (Please don't include
telephone numbers, email addresses etc)
Changing the picture - uploading a new one or
replacing the current one, choosing a library picture or not having any.
Viewing and replying to messages or questions that
people have left for you - please don't disclose your contact information in
replies as we have no control over who sees it and what they use it for.
Deleting your advert when you've sold.
Help with writing your advert.
Bike-Exchange.com, we've decided to add your adverts to our pages
manually, rather than using a self implementation system. This means we
have a lot more work to do, but does mean that we can check adverts as we
include them. This gives us the chance to correct any spelling and
grammar, and assemble the advert in a way that gives each advert a
standard look. It also reduces the chance of bogus advert and scams (bad
language, links to non related sites etc.) from being included.
advert is very easy - just follow the most appropriate link in the menu on
the left (available on most pages). There are different forms to add
motorcycle and spares and wanted/for sale adverts. You get the chance to
include a picture of your bike while you are filling in the
motorcycle for sale form.
We need a
valid email address from you - please type this carefully and check it. We
get a large amount of invalid addresses and are unable to contact the
advertiser or include the advert.
Try and fill
in all the relevant information on the form as it helps to be as concise
as possible - for instance, you could include your village or town name in
the location panel so buyers know how far they need to travel.
your advert, give as much information as you can. Buyers will be
interested in things like:
probably be put off by a short advert with few details (it gives the
impression that you are trying to hide information).
with your advert - we hope you get a quick result and enjoy FREE