Yeah, I was thinking about the dealer route but my budget is so tight and I thought I would get more bike for my $$ on private sale. I have been looking at a few Gold Wings. I like them, especially the "trunk" space, but I was worried about it being heavy. Not that I plan on lifting it, mind you. That's the bike my wife wants me to get so she can be comfy and not "hanging on for dear life," as she put it. All the GW bikes I've seen are real POS's in my price range. Anyhow, I guess I'm just hoping to find someone who just doesn't ride any more and wants to sell their bike at a reasonable price. Like I said earlier, so far I've only seen bikes in really bad condition, or sellers who are about $600 to $900 too high because they want to upgrade and they won't budge on price. I kinda prefer liquid cooled and shaft drive, too. Most of my riding is going to be distance on country roads. Now and then I'll hit the highways just to get to the region I want to explore. As an example, my wife and I are thinking about going to W. Virginia just to wander around. Wherever we end up is where we go. We are explorers. That's a big reason why I want a BMW R1100/1150GS. They are great for distance, but if we happen to run out of paved road occasionally, we're good. So, except for taking it the 4 miles to work on occasion, I'll be doing mostly distance. Comfort and reliability is a big need.You didn't mention a used bike from a dealer.
Like with cars, some dealers really are not thieves and scam artists.
But some are.
One advantage is most dealers will give you a 30 day warranty on a late model used.