I haven't ridden in 20+ years until Friday night. I found out that riding a bike is...like riding a bike.
A guy posted an ad on Craigslist for a 02 VStar 1100 Custom, with 36k miles. 2k, obo. KBB says the trade in value was 2050, and retail about 2900.
I took a coworker with me to look at it, because she's got a good bit of riding experience currently, and I didn't. It looked okay, and we made plans to come back the following Friday.
I told him I had only been looking at $1500 bikes until a coworker pointed this out, and I didn't know how flexible he was. He said he was flexible.
A couple days later, he said "How about $900?" If it runs well...I'll have cash in my pocket.
It already had an oil filter relocation kit on it. He'd bought it on 5/15, and on 5/25 he'd spent $700 having a stereo installed on it. :O He gave me the receipts.
She thought it was nice and tight when she test rode it, and I rode in the parking lot. That was enough for the night. I didn't bother trying to get him down any further.
I think it's a similar situation to the craigslist ad "I apparently didn't have the proper permission of a loving wife to buy this. 'Do whatever the fuck you want' doesn't mean what I thought it meant."
So, I have an 02 VStar 1100 Custom with a $700 stereo, and Vance&Hines tubes on the end of the exhaust, relocated oil filter, with minor repairs/maintenance necessary, for $900