Funny how one imagines the condition of a machine from descriptions.
This poor speciman had been used & abused.
....photo doesn't look as bad as it really is.
Left side lay down, rear turn signal dangling from a wire. Foot peg mount bent, gauge body, mount & headlight damaged.
Fuel tap control missing, seat torn, tank scraped and damaged, also rusty from 6 year old fuel left in it. Tires old & weathered, grips missing, levers tweeked, some plastic parts "UV'd" to near dust....but "It ran when it was parked".
On a brighter note, 28k original miles, but obviously very rough miles.
I would have been pressed to haul this money pit home for free.
Who knows what other major repairs it would need. Very likely all the brakes / calipers would require rebuilding, Some loose wires hanging here and there.....
The owner said he'd take $500.00.
.....I didn't even give a counter offer as "free" would have been a real insult, but the reality of repairing a bike like this would be absurd. I don't think there is even much of an EBay Parts market for these machines.
so the hunt goes on.....