In 2013, I started looking for a used 1199 in order to upgrade from my 2002 Monster 750 Dark. While searching the local classifieds I stumbled across a completely stock 1198S which unlike all other bikes in my price range was very local to me and way under budget.
On a Saturday afternoon I ventured out to Brooklyn, NY dragging along a couple of friends and an envelope full of money; the whole way there we were thinking "this is probably the worst idea ever" which was later reaffirmed when we arrived in some shady looking garages in not a very good looking neighborhood.
we looked at each other with faces of fear, I said WTH lets go look at this thing. The owner of the bike was not sure what to make of us, he looked a bit concerned as did we but he handed me the keys so I could turn it on and check it out.
It took a while for the bike to start, there were a few things that should have raised some flags (Back to this on a later blog entry) but me being the impulsive person I am, I just asked him "Do you have the title on you?".
Once I saw the title I handed him the envelope with money and asked him to sign it over to me, I slapped my plate on it, called my insurance and off into the sunset I went on my new used bike.