Sometimes you buy a stolen bike.
I had been in the process of rebuilding my xt600 and after the cost of new bits started to get out of hand I thought of looking for a cheap donor bike. Anyway 1 Saturday afternoon there on Gumtree I spotted one in Hobart Tasmania. The price was right. A bit far away but the guy was happy to let me organise transport. Purchase price plus transport from Tas to my place in Victoria set me back $900. Once I had the bike in my garage and started looking at it I figured there was a potential to put this xt600 back on into use mind you I can also see potential in a pile of rusty parts when it comes to bikes. So I went looking for a compliance plate, not there, ok vin number that too was missing courtesy of a cold chisel. Now 2 choices either strip it for parts and dispose of the offending numbered pieces (not very hard to do and I figured the guy who sold it wouldn't say a lot) or report it. I went with plan B and off to the local police station, I felt I had to give the rightful owner the option of what he wanted to do with it. At the worst I was out $900 and at best I still may get to keep the bike. It turns out that the bike had been stolen 2 1/2 years ago. Anyway the rightful owner was contacted and after looking at the pictures said the bike wasn't recognisable except the engine number confirmed it was his and wished to have nothing more to do with it and signed it over to me. So I am one grateful budgie, still have a bike I can see potential in much to the wife's disgust, and still need parts to finish the first bike.