"Bike in a box," sounds like that Sat. Night Live Christmas skit with Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg. In the end, you might be left-holding the same thing.
I recall back in the early 1970's, I was at a south Florida thrift store and someone had dropped-off what appeared to be a disassembled Ironhead Sportster, they wanted $1,000 for it. At the time I was riding a H1 Kawasaki two-stroke triple, so the H-D wasn't really my cuppa-tea, but they didn't negotiate, not a bit. It sat there for a long time, I dunno its eventual disposition. I always thought that was a lot of $ for what was probably a blown-up engine/bike.
I bought my first vmax to win a bet with my brother in law. It was in kit form and for 750 bucks if i remember right. missing the rear fender and some burned up wiring and electonics. I was right around $2200 ( corrected by wife ) by the time it was done as per the bet ($2500) 10% of the cost of his new bike. took it to fl. to race my brother in law on his new harley cvo astroglide at bradenton and beat him. Ended up in ga. at my dads and raced him again at so. ga. motorsports and beat him again.
He wasn't happy about it. thats what prompted the re-match in ga. I think he was more upset that everybody still calls it an astroglide to this day.
Two years later I built an 80" evo softail custom with std cases, wiseco pistons,hsr42 carb, head quarters Ho23 cams, R&B racing lsr 2/1 pipe, baker 6speed, belt primary, dry clutch,and some head work making about 100hp and beat his astroglide three more times.
Tatted die-hard 'live the lifestyle' H-D crowd, there. 'sup with jake? He has fallen-behind in the requisite tattoo department. Sorry for Corey.
I worked with a guy who was a Harley rider, he also put himself into an early grave. He was a pretty-good mechanic, and he helped me many-times to get my stuff fixed. He also did bodywork, and his paint wasn't bad. He used-to buy and sell bikes, cars, and trucks, fixing 'em, painting 'em, and on to the next. He had friends in the local biker groups, but he had his own friends who usually rode together, not being affiliated. South Florida is Outlaws territory.