So you've checked the title out, it appears to be legit, the mechanical and other problems are no big deal to you. The problems you have are no texting and a middle eastern name? I am middle aged and haven't got the texting thing yet, I prefer talking on the phone or email. If this person were using the name Jones or Wilson would you do the four hour trip right now? Why are you asking these questions on a forum? All sales by long distance carry some risk of scam, if you aren't comfortable then pass on it. You said you don't have the money anyway, they might see you as the scam artist if you can't have the money right away.
Not problems... Just potential red flags. I have the money and have plans to bring it all in cash on Tuesday to pick up the bike. The man selling the bikes name is Joe Wilson. The name on the title is middle eastern.
The texting thing is starting to make sense, now that we have talked about more, he seems willing to text minutia rather than calling back and forth every time there's a new development. I called him once and he was in a business meeting. Texting avoids that, mostly.
About the middle eastern thing, I debate online a lot and a lot of middle eastern people come at me. I have read enough of the Quoran to know about Al taquiyya and kitma, among other things. Am I suspicious when I see a middle eastern name on a transaction where I could lose thousands, you better believe it. Am I profiling? You bet.
Without changing gears I believe some of the most decent, kindest, and good people alive are Muslims. But I remain skeptical until proven otherwise.
I have been threatened by Muslims, survived an attempted murder (not related but relevant) where I felt the bullet graze my temple, survived having guns held to my head on two occasions (gang related) and even had to pull my weapon in the desert when me and a friend were surrounded, our backs to the wall. I have been shot at over petty water disputes I had nothing to do with.
I am sorry if my attitude is offensive and I apologize to anyone who is offended, no matter where you're from. (Honestly I'm the guy who will pull over to help you.)
I'm just a survivor with his head on a swivel.
Why am I asking a forum like this, to gain a better understanding of possible angles and things I have not heard of. It was a kind of bummer not to have anyone I could ask, who could potentially stear me in the right direction. So I chose here based on a similar thread I found here on Google.
It looks like the bike is a go for Tuesday evening, I will let you all know.