I stand firmly in the pro-CL corner. I was juggling a few potentials all week as I worked with each seller discussing his or her bike and negotiating the price which was contingent on a final look over that Saturday morning. I'm sure it's similar for everyone else, the notary maintains limited hours of operation on a Saturday morning. This effectively limited me to seeing one bike that morning if I was to pull the trigger with enough time to transfer the title.
The mother was selling her son's 86 Shadow 500 on his behalf because he went into the Air Force. She assured me that everything was in working order and it was in great shape for it's age. The pictures that were provided were small and generic (Front, left, and right sides).
My buddy and I showed up that morning and the bike was clean and well maintained as promised, but she failed to note the deal-breaker that is shown in the pictures below. A quick email to my mechanic confirmed that he would never pass this in an inspection without significant repairs.
Maybe you can help me figure out what the guy tried to add to the frame that eventually broke off taking a significant portion of the tube with it.