So, here's what happened, with apologies for the length. I wrote a short version for anyone who doesn't want to be bothered with my whole memoir.
Short version: I bought the bike with Corbin seat and tank bag and side boxes and drove a truck up to Illinois to bring it back. After I'd purchased it, he stole these things off bike. I noticed the boxes missing and he acted all confused, then disappeared into his house forever and finally emerged with them. I didn't realize I was missing the other two until I got it home.
I called him about the tank bag and he denied it. A couple days ago, I was looking for a seat and saw the used Corbin advertised here, on kawasakiversys.com. I was considering whether I should try to buy it. As I scrolled down, there was his story about how he'd recently sold a bike and the buyer didn't want it and...
For some reason, what the guy was saying felt like a lie. I have no idea why, but sometimes you know how you can just get the feeling, even reading something?
With a sinking feeling, I looked at his profile. Same guy.
I was also elated, because now I finally had proof.
I've called him. He made up more stories about how the bike was for sale at a higher price earlier and and someone else didn't want it so he'd relisted it without the seat... all lies. Even the version he put on the forum is complete fiction. The bike I bought had a Corbin seat. And a tank bag. (More on that below.)
I bought this bike over the phone from a Craigslist ad. The agreement was that as long it was just as described, it was sold.
I asked how firm he was on price - it was listed at $5,900, but said he'd go $5,750.
Now, I'd missed out on another bike, and this one came the things I wanted, like nice Tusk side boxes, center stand, engine guards and a Corbin seat. It wasn't a bad deal, I was eager, and the guy seemed honest.
I offered $5,700. I'm sure I could have driven him down further but I really wanted it done. He agreed.
(I'm also not big on conflict at the moment.)
Because it was a four hour drive, and I agreed to buy it as long it had no issues and was was exactly as described, I sent him a deposit. Didn't have to do that, but I sent him $200 via PayPal.
OK, four hour drive. Delays. Big accident in front of me on the way. I got there around ten pm, feeling bad for keeping the guy up. Everything, including the bike, was out on the lawn. I rang the bell... and handed him the rest in cash, $5,500.
Instead of a test ride, I just took it for a checkout ride, to make it sure it ran as described. I even joked as I backed out it out, "I be careful... actually, I guess I can drive it however I want. I've bought it."
It was a single ride, unlike his fantasy version, and it went on a bit longer than I wanted because the next exit surprisingly long way down the highway he'd suggested. All good.
So, we loaded everything into the truck... and here's where it got weird:
While I was at the back of the truck, I saw him take the Garmin off... and was wandering back towards his house. He saw me watching him and I asked him what was going on. He said it had a power problem, was staying on or something. Not really sure why he had to take it off for that, or where he was going with it, but... well, it seemed a little strange. (Whatever "power problem" it was having hasn't repeated itself, so you be the judge of whether it ever had one at all.)
He seemed more experienced with tie-downs, so he was adjusting them for me, explaining it's best if the bike leans slightly to the kickstand side, and so on. I left him in the back of the truck while I was up in the cab for a bit (just moving some things that had been in the bed). I looked up and he'd gone into his house. Supposedly to get the records, the manual, etc.
Something about his manner was just off. There'd already been the thing with the Garmin. I was wiped out from a long day and a long drive, and not really thinking about these sorts of things, but the alarm bells kept going off. He seemed more and more nervous as he gave me the records and owner's manual and so on.
I glanced around for something obvious and... the boxes were missing.
I asked him what happened to the boxes.
Same sort of weird confusion: Oh, I must have... I think I... put them in...
I'd bought the damn bike. There was no reason to take the boxes back into the house. None.
And they weren't just on the porch or something. He disappeared into his house forever to get them.
Like, forever. I was getting really eager to just leave. I was tired, I had a long drive ahead of me, and I'd discovered the guy I'd just given $5,700 to was a total d-bag.
Finally he came out the with the boxes. In my eagerness to just be done with him, I didn't check the other things. I noticed him kind of nervously watching me the whole time as I turned and stopped to set my GPS for the trip home.
When I it got home, I discovered he'd also taken the tank bag.
I called him about it, but it was just the same sort of slightly confused don't-know-what-happened-to-it. He said his neighbor had found bit of a tie-down strap on the lawn the next morning, but nothing else. (Doubt that even happened - does your neighbor knock on your door if there's a discarded bit of tie-down strap on your lawn?)
To be fair, it was a very nice tank bag. I can see why he wanted it back. I had wondered why a guy who said he owned six motorcycles would be parting with it. Well, I discovered after I got it home thatit was because the bag was covering nice dent in the tank. So that's why it had to be on while I test drove it, right until after we had it loaded into the truck and I'd hopped down... at which point he saw his chance.
And that folder with the records? It turned out to be full of articles about the bike he'd printed off the Internet. Nothing specific to the bike at all. Thanks for that.
Well, a few days later I went to take it for the safety inspection and... Holy s***, no Corbin seat! I just hadn't even noticed that.
Now, this guy's already tried to steal the boxes, stolen and blatantly lied about the tank bag... what can I do. If I called him, he'd just say it was with the bike when it left.
So, that was why I was just stunned when saw it here for sale. Just to be clear, the his little story is complete fiction. There was a never a discussion about knocking down the price without the Corbin.
I called him and he just lied again, said it wasn't supposed to be included because he'd had it for sale earlier but somebody else hadn't wanted it and then... on and on.
Well, it was included, and I paid him for it. So I bought it. So I own it. So he'd stolen it. Along with the tank bag. (That probably already went on Craigslist, or something.)
I called him and he said he'd taken it out of the ad. I have the ad. It's in the ad. He said he didn't mean of it to be. What?
His version on the forum here also claimed, in addition to the two test rides with and without (total fiction), that I'd asked if we could lower the price if he kept the seat.
I'd knocked his price down by... fifty bucks.
So, if I give him the fifty bucks, could I get the $500 seat? And the $120 tank bag? Just asking...