Craigslist is the most common place to sell vehicles in the USA, and because it is free that is where the best deals are found. It seems like the bikes on Cycletrader are always thousands more than anywhere else. Being free, Craigslist does have scammers. In most cases, they are trying to scam those selling things. Because of that, sellers will be skeptical of you when you say you are from another country (think Nigerian Prince trying to give away money). They probably won't take checks, money orders, or want to deal with "your agent". You'll just have to be as straight with them as possible, don't meet in dark alleys, blah, blah blah. Robberies are rare, but it doesn't hurt to be careful. Most motorcycle dealers also have used bikes. They are typically a little more expensive to cover overhead costs, but also generally in good shape since they have liability to worry about. You might check the websites for the cities you are considering as a starting point. As an example, my coworker just bought a beautiful Triumph Tiger for $4500 from the local dealer. It has a fair amount of miles on it, but the dealer had all the maintenance records.