I wouldn't mind hearing his side either. I'm not trying to disparage him unfairly, but as he has a business dealing in vintage motorcycles, I think it's only fair to give my experience. Unfortunately, abandoning this project is my only recourse. I paid a substantial sum, the value of a drivable machine, and I simply can't afford a full restoration. It sounds like the person to whom I'm selling to has the money to devote to this bike, so while I'm disappointed that I won't get to enjoy riding it, I'm at least happy to know that it won't remain a pile of parts.