Alright, have a friend that has an old GS. Just making a check on what it's worth.
1985 GS550E, 29k miles. Chrome is lightly flecked with rust spots, but not peeling off. Tires still hold air, but have some dry cracks and the rear has a worn 'highway strip' right in the center.
Florida bike. Rusted out pan under the seat (foam is still good, surprisingly), leaves covering motor (again--Florida bike), even a few complimentary palmetto bugs (GAH!) around the rotted *original* air filter.
Needs carbs cleaned and tuned, and a starter relay.
But no rust to structural parts, even shocks are still good (if a tad brownish). From what I can tell, what it needs to run is a tuneup, starter relay, carbs cleaned and tweaked, new fluids, and a battery. Mostly, the usual stuff for a used vehicle. He even helped transport it to my place for a proper inspection.
So. He wants $500, and the motor's still good. Just exactly how bad would I be getting ripped off?