Heading over to Destin now, borrowed a pickup, cash in pocket, we'll see if it speaks to me enough to make it mine.
I wrestled with the idea all last night, on one hand it's silly to buy it 775 miles from home. I'd have to drive back down with my truck and haul it back to Indy, or leave it here to ride when I'm in town but that's not frequently enough to make it worth it. Plus if I kept a bike here I wouldn't want a 35 year old carb machine, something modern that will fire right up after sitting for a couple of months would make more sense.
On the other hand, it's cheap, it supposedly runs and rides great, it's owned by a vintage bike restorer who has already gone through it and made it a reliable daily driver. It would make a nice complement to our CB350-4 and also give me a running example to help with the restoration of the 350. I've always wanted a cool cafe bike and this one seems perfect for that since it's not an original example already. Our 350 is all original and will make a perfect restoration show bike someday, so I could cafe this one out and have the best of both worlds, stock and custom. All I'd need is a CB750 then and I'd have the whole early CB-Four spectrum covered.
Obviously I'm babbling and rationalizing at this point, off to see it in person and let the motorcycle Gods guide me.
Well it sounded loud and ran strong, about the only good things I can say. It was very rough, bad chrome, oil leaks everywhere, rust galore, laid down hard on right side. I passed but enjoyed the chase as always!
The owner was a cool old guy with a shop full of vintage bikes in various stages of restoration, see his website I posted above for some pics. Said he used to be a Hollywood motorcycle stuntman, had the pics to prove it. Didn't really mind the wild goose chase, beautiful day for a drive along the Gulf Coast.