Lannis--ref the A7 Shooting Star in Oregon---just some comments FYI.
Not so much to put you off but perhaps rather to give you some negotiating points.
I bought my first A7 Shooting Star in 1964 (a 1960 model) and after a gap of some years again have a 1960 A7 Shooting Star.
They are IMHO a very nice bike--not so fast as the A10 but smoother and a nicer ride.
-- Should have pear shaped gas tank badge
-- No front fender
-- Front and rear brake plates should have black centers
-- Should not have an air filter (but better off with one!)
-- Non standard gas taps
-- Should have nacelle not a separate headlight
-- Should have a chronometric speedo.
For your interest I attach a photo of my current A7 Shooting Star
I bought it in 2010 and had to go to UK to see it and buy it!
Maybe Oregon is not that far!
Beautiful A7! I agree on their merits. My A10 came from the UK and I shipped it here.
I just now sold it at auction after 14 years so I know what a nice pre-unit BSA twin brings these days. This A7 is on the high side.
I noticed some (not all) of the points you mention. Those are not necessarily deal-breakers but would certainly be negotiating points. Last time I looked, it cost about $700 to get a bike across the country - with the price of diesel at over $5 now, it may be way more than that ... it would take $800 worth of fuel alone to get 4 bikes across the country these days....