Ok, here's the deal...
My sister lives in Germany, started dating this guy who rides motorcycles. He has a couple of Harleys (which, apparently, is a big deal in Germany?) and he has decided he wants to come to Sturgis 2017.
To be clear, he wants to RIDE to Sturgis 2017.
We started by looking into rentals. STUPID expensive! Approximately $4000 to rent one from Sioux Falls for Sturgis. Yowza!
Then, we briefly considered what it would take for him to ship one of his Germany bikes to the US. The paperwork alone was overwhelming, plus he wouldn't have the bike for months while it was in shipment. Add in the potential for serious damage, and by all appearances, it would cost about the same $4000 (minimum!?!)...Yeah, that wasn't going to happen.
For $4000, you can PURCHASE a pretty decent motorcycle. Heck, you can sell it afterwards, recoup your money, and really make the trip cheap (you know, ignoring the plane ticket).
So, I have been tasked to find him a decent motorcycle in & around the Twin Cities. I have an approximate $5000 budget, it *HAS* to be HD/Indian/Victory (American Manufacturer, his personal requirement because this is, essentially, a once-in-a-lifetime bucket list trip) and it has to be good enough to make it to Sturgis and back with minimal trouble (which rules out a $5000 HD!
We have found some late-'90's to mid-2000's Victory bikes that fit the requirements. I'm wondering if anybody on the forums has some experience with something like this.
05 Victory 50th yr Anniversary Edition tour cruiser
It *LOOKS* really nice, and I'm probably going to go look at it sometime this week (you know, in between work, school, dog, house, and everything else--all I've gots is free time these days).
Also, why do people struggle so badly with pictures on Craigslist? obligatory sideways & cropped photo: