This may be a dumb question for some, but I am shopping for a first bike on a limited income. I came across an '85 Shadow 500 with 23k miles that might satisfy my want for 2 wheels. I am hoping to use it to commute to work from time to time about 15 miles each way along some relatively sleepy backroads. The question is... is a 22 year old bike worth it? Would parts be available, etc? (I wonder about dry rot on rubber items, for example) My son tells me not to waste my money on some "old piece of junk" but to wait & save. In the meantime, I am busy keeping him in college with more kids heading off to college in a couple of years time (hence the limited budget), so it is tough to "save". While the seller is asking $1600 for a nicely re-painted bike which looks really nice, for the right price... maybe $900... maybe $1200... would it be worth it? Blue Book values are more in the $800 range. I'd appreciate the wisdom of my Glock/Moto brethern! Wanna kill these ads? We can help!