The owner says he has had all service work done there at the dealer, and has records to show for it.
That aside, does anyone have any advice in general about buying sight unseen that might help me and others in a situation like this? Bike looks great in the pictures. Thanks to all, dwillie.[/QUOTE]
1. If the person had the service work done, then the dealership should know the bike and will have records. Depending on year and milage they may even be willing to back that up with extended service coverage (for a price of course)
2. I have found that almost all BMW riders are upfront about their bikes condition. I have had some tell me about minor flaws that would have taken months-years for me to discover if I ever did. (like a pin sized hole on the underneath side of the passenger seat)
Even guys like me who will tell you, I ride it hard, if I didn't kill it you wont!
3. Not sure what you mean by sight unseen, you are going to make the final decision when you get there and check out the bike correct. If you make the trip and don't like the bike at that price you can, walk away or renegotiate the price (of course you are at a disadvantage having made the trip and not wanting to return empty handed)
I would only send a deposit on the grounds that if the bike was misrepresented in anyway, I get my money back and never would I pay up front without having rode the thing personally.
(That all said the first BMW I bought, I flew Pgh, PA to Ft. Meyers, FL with a helmet jacket and bag of tools. John picked me up at the airport, we went to his place I tested the bike, we made the deal. He asked me if I would like to spend the night , I told him no that I was chomping at the bit to get on the road. He said fine but would not let me leave before he fed me, said he didn't want me on the road with an empty stomach. I rode that bike 1320 miles home in 2 days without a glitch. Oh yeah, John also told me to keep his plate on there until I got the bike home that way I was covered with his insurance and roadside assistance.)