The guy that owned my '01 bike wanted $2,900 for it, he was getting out of cycles and into pilot lessons. I had an RC plane I wasn't using, so I took it down to his house when we were starting to deal, he loved it, knocked $250 off the price, and threw in a gear bag full of knee and elbow guards and goggles, along with lots of spares for the bike. The power and reliability of the bike have been awesome, the only things I am looking to improve are a softer seat and bigger gas tank. We went riding this weekend (never did get a winter yet this year), and I had studded the tires up for the ice. On the trails, there is like -zero- wheelspin with studs, just gas it and hang on tight. If you want to flat-track a field, you can lay it down nearly sideways and still have plenty of traction. I consider this bike a steal at the price, have added a new chain and tires, I can't even guess at how many rides it has on it now, every weekend for spring, summer and fall for two years now anyway.