I'll start by saying I've never owned a Harley. I, like so many people, have always wanted one, but haven't found a way to afford one yet. I've owned a bunch of old *** bikes, though. My current one is an 81 gs1000, $50 special that I've spent the last few months making rideable. Basically, between a good manual and the internet, I believe I can fix about anything. My problem is I don't believe in loans. I have virtually zero debt and would like to stay that way. I even own my land and house - outright. I know I'll probably never be able to afford a softail. So I'm starting to thinkabout sportsters. I guess my question is what models and years can I expect to get for the least amount of money? How much could I get a buildable basket case for? Is it worth it to buy a frame, motor, trans, etc... or is it just cheaper to just buy a rundown basket case/part bike? What do you guys think?