Keep an eye on your local classified ads and you may be surprised at the opportunities. But do know that cheap bikes aren’t for everyone. If you don’t know what you’re buying, you could easily get taken by some sleazeball seller trying to pawn off his salvaged junk as _primo _stuff. If you doubt the honesty of the seller or the integrity of the machine, just walk away. If you lack mechanical skills, you may want to consider a more refined mount. The cash you save by buying a pile can quickly disappear if you have to pay a shop $60 to $90 per hour to work out the bugs. If you’re mechanically inclined, however, you may be only a suck, squeeze, bang or blow away from starting up your new heap and sharing with your neighbors your appreciation for reverse-megaphone duets, trios and quartets. If you’ve got the right tools, skills and attitude, a $1000 bike can also provide a great opportunity to learn about motorcycle service and maintenance.