Ya I wish it was 1/2 that price. But these front ends are in pretty high demand and look to be in good condition. I would think it would be hard to find a true front end from a salvage yard. Usually the front end gets the worst in a wreck.
I get the good/great condition part, but what about all the other bikes out there over the last 15 years? I'm certainly not suggesting that all front ends are equal, but shouldn't there be a selection of bikes to choose from?
Let me try this. I have a 1 gen mustang and wanted to convert the rear end and power brakes. One site had a listing of all the cars/trucks that would be good targets. I went to the junk yard and with the list and picked the parts.
One of the great things about cars/trucks/bikes is that the original purchaser pays full price when they buy it new, but the ones with used bikes, years/decades later can get great things cheap.
Why don't we have a list off all forks/brakes/rims/etc... that'll swap over to ours? We know about the RC51 and a few others have been posted, but what about all those other bikes over all those years?
The problem isn't him asking $1K, it's someone paying it. If you wanted it for $300, then just don't buy it. It's not like he can force someone to pay $1K.
Just like the housing bubble or DotCom stock market. You can't have a bubble without buyers. Some call this the greater fool. At $1K, I'd say let him keep them... Tell him to call you when they get to $300.