I bought a 2007 FZ1 from a firefighter in Kentucky a few years ago. He had it posted on an FZ1 forum. He sent me quite a few pics, we talked on the phone and I researched all of his posts on the site. You can get a pretty good gauge on a person. Still with that big of a purchase, there still has to be caution. He had a friend that lived out here. He shipped the bike out here on his dime to his friend. I then went over to the friend and gave him the money for the bike. It worked out very well. I wouldn't buy from someone across country if they didn't belong to a forum like this and that you could do some research first.