Don't have experience with salvaged bikes, but I do with salvaged cars. For several years I bought, repaired, and restored old Corvettes (late 60's-mid 70's). In 1993, I came upon a SWEET deal on a 1987 coupe with a damaged driver door and less than 10,000 mi. Needless to say, the car was CHEAP, but the cost of parts (even with me doing most the work) ran up the price where it would have been better to wait for a good deal on a "clean" car. I came out okay on the car but I had to sit on it for a while and let the market value catch up. BTW, I documented the damage and subsequent repairs, so I could show the new owner(s) there were no shortcuts taken with the repairs, but I did take a hit on the resale when you consider the time value of having my money tied up. That project was my first and last "builder." Bottom line, if you buy a "damage/repaired", be prepared to keep it, ride it, and enjoy it for a while, as they are hard to unload without taking a hit. Ask the current owner if he/she has pictures of the damage and repair.