I've noticed this same phenomena since about 2012 or '13. I put my '05 down real hard in July 2012. When I was shopping for a replacement (you all know, but regardless of what else I've ever owned or even ridden, it's impossible for me to get away from the RC), a lot of the prices were ridiculous, a lot of 7-8k asking prices. Some were more justified than others, like the ones at 1,700 to 3k miles or super clean examples with choice mods (Sato, Ohlins). I also noticed that the '05 and '06's are always higher (even more so than '04), especially if clean, and oddly I see a lot more clean '05 and 6's. This has all held true today as far as I can tell, I have the same subscribed eBay post and watch Craigslist occasionally.
With all that said, there's a huge difference between listing price and selling price. Search eBay for completed listings. Here's what I think about it: a lot of people, imho, know and feel that the bike is special, but they think that bike is worth it's weight in gold sometimes. They ARE drying up some, but come and go all the time still. Even on eBay, it'll go dry and then there will be 6 of them. Someday they will be worth something, but we're just not there yet...maybe when those people are the only ones left selling? What a lot of guys don't realize is that, regardless of how they feel about it, at the end of the day they still just have a 15 year old sport bike. Most people that want one....they already have one. Like I said, it'll happen someday, but not just yet.
I ended up replacing my '05 (which was an eBay purchase in '08, I believe ~$7-7500, ~6k miles and pretty clean) with an '03 I found on Craigslist in 2013. The '03 had about 24k miles iirc, paid $3700. It was missing several stickers on OEM fairings, had a gouge in the swinger, and few missing pieces on the front (v cowl cut, mudflap over font cylinder), but was otherwise very clean and straight. Was obviously down and fairings replaced. Had the forks rebuilt, frame repaired, and replaced what was missing and it was a solid bike.
Saw a super clean '05 on eBay in February for 4k (amongst at least 4 others of varying price and condition). Had 19k miles, and still had the stock mudflap and blinkers. Guy said he mostly used it for track days, which was reflected by the melted tires hahahah. I threw a bid at it, fully expecting to get outbid within the 5 remaining days. To my surprise, I won, and was getting my black RC back. With shipping I paid $4600. Only mods were a jardine 2-1, pc IIIr, and lower gears. Not even free mods. Swapped parts between the two, and sold the '03 for $4200 with ~32k.
Anyway, short story long, the deals are still out there if you look. Prices are slowly rising, but the guys asking 8k are predicting (or dictating?) the future but not living in the present just yet, save for a select few pristine later model examples with <2k miles and bone stock.
Last edited by S3Rc51; 12-18-2017 at 07:54 PM.