I couldn't agree more. A box of bits is more of a project than I care to take on, no matter how the much the seller states "It's all there, 100% complete in those boxes".Its funny how you reacted to the word "derelict" not putting down anyones/anything - thats not how I role LOL. I hate inheriting other peoples projects that are in boxes (hence the word Basket Case.) I used to like using a two word catch phrase of "Finger Fuc*ed" but found out another way to describe various states of FUBAR in a better way. In aviation, they like saying "undisturbed" it is concise and to the point without resorting to profanity (even though profanity is funny as FUC*) you get the picture,
Its nice to get a rolling bike that has the body work intact or parts left undisturbed. Forgotten neglected bikes fall into this category and are usually ok if the motor is'nt locked up. Not saying you can't get burnt buying something not running, just saying the price should be representative of its non running state.
You got alot of derelict VFRs in your neck of the woods? Wow, Have bike trailor will travel, kidding aside, I am planning on doing a TN trip end of Feb/MAR this year, will trailer either my EX or my 93 VFR up there, its 800+ miles for me and will break up the trip at a cousins house that is 5 hours away. PEaCe
I like my projects (no matter how neglected or bad they look) to be at least complete rolling items. I like to asses broken or missing items as I begin the disassembly process; it's my gauge on how good/bad this thing actually is.
My VFR was great riding bike when I got it. Rode it flawlessly for a few years. Just decided to give the old girl a thorough overhaul as a reward for being so brilliant.