Listen to this man. Good advice. I wouldn't do it any other way. Unless, of course, I had a good friend who knew the bike and lived there.Plan ahead of time. A plane ticket to anywhere in the states can be had cheap bought ahead of time. If it is good enough that you think of buying it with out seeing it it should be worth flying out seeing it buy it and ship it your self. I've done it with cars and bikes. Usually set it up so even if I don't buy it I can do something I enjoy for the weekend! Little sight seeing maybe!
I agree here. Mainly I guess because that's how I sold my 999 to a member here on the forum. We communicated via phone, email, PM endlessly to ensure full understanding on both ends. A week worth of good communication, including pictures, full disclosure sealed the deal. He sent me the funds (certified check) and arranged shipping. I coordinated shipping on my end and also emailed him a PDF of the shipping documents along with pictures of it being loaded onto his carrier of choice. Worked out well. Why? Steady communication. We each knew everything about reaching the other guy too.I think that after a while, you can tell if a seller is legitimately describing the product at hand.
I feel comfortable buying without seeing. If the seller is someone out of the blue, then get a member of this board to check it out for you.
Know your product. Know what you are buying. Know what potential problems exists and ask them about those problems directly.