We just got home. Long day, especially the last 150 miles .... loooong straight highway staring at the Sun all the way home. Everything went especially well. The seller is easily the single most thorough person I've dealt with. We even went to a notary public to get the (clear) title, bill of sale, and release of liability form signed and notarized. He took us to a nearby bike shop and he paid for one of those tie down socks thingies. He also paid for all of the notarizing as well. I may have paid a little more for this bike than I could have ... but to be honest, I've never trusted a seller as much as I trust this fella. It was a very positive experience.
He even gave me a Ducati hat and a wonderful Ducati T-shirt (red with a stitched on Ducati emblem over the left breast) ... and then welcomed me to "the brotherhood". An entire manila folder with service records that go back to the date of purchase. He even gave me the original purchase invoice that he rec'd from the original owner. Service records are very complete, which include work orders and quotes, along with the actual invoices. I also got the original pipes (the bike is outfitted with Termi mufflers), original mirrors, a pretty new battery tender (the connection pigtails are already installed on the bike).
He took us into his home, graciously gave us drinks (non alcohol), hauled us to the bike shop to fetch the tie down "sock" that fits over the grips. He even introduced my wife, my brother, and myself to his entire family. What gracious, respectful, and honorable children, all of them teenagers.
I'll post pictures once I figure out the secret handshake required to post pics in this forum. Best I can tell, you either post them from some sort of host (such as photosuckit) or you attach a thumbnail that may be clicked on and enlarged for viewing. I'm still working on how to do all of that.
We'll unload it a little later, it's still flippin' hot out, and we're all a bit bushed. We may even unload it in the morning while the driveway is still in the shade. In the afternoon it's beat up by the Sun and hot as the hubs of hell. The truck and it's Italian payload is parked in the shade though.
Ok now I'm just rambling. Thanks for the encouraging replies. And count on a project thread! OH! ... btw .... $4k cash.
Peace, love, and understandin' ....