It's kind of a long story about getting the bike for $1000, but here we go:
One of my best friends is an older guy, I think about 24 years older than me, but we met when I bought that 907ie from him and we've been close friends and riding partners ever since. He bought the 12S in 2014 with 14000 miles on it, he rode it home and disassembled at least 50% of the bike with the goal of detailing it and greasing the rear suspension, etc. Then his wife got sick and she struggled for many years with Alzheimers. We had already been great friends for years, and I saw part of that bike sitting on his HandyLift for several years. Sadly, his wife died and eventually he started thinking about reducing his motorcycle collection - he had 5 at the time. I first was checking out his Griso, meanwhile he tried to sell the 12S as a project but the deal fell apart, then he offered to pay another friend to help him get it back together and sell it, but they never engaged. I finally decided the Griso was a little short and just one step newer than I wanted. I already have a 78 Triumph (Dad's), that 907ie which I will never part with (sunny day bike), and a K1200RS for big trips. I became more curious about the 12S as a fun, jump on and do day rides, bike. Then he made me the offer I couldn't refuse and said he'd sell me the 12S for $1000 and we could use his shop and tools to get it on the road again, I would provide fluids, filters, etc. Only 3 days later we had the whole thing back together, rear suspension lubed, and fresh and ready to ride. He had parts stashed all over his house, in the attic, in bedrooms, on shelves in the garage, everywhere - but in the end not a single screw was missing. It only took a handful of tries and the 12S fired up after 9 years in pieces. It's been running amazingly well since and now it is more special to me because of our history with it. The bike came with unused side cases, along with MG branded liners. The only thing missing is the rear seat cowl but it was already missing in 2014 when my friend bought the bike. I'm still shaking my head that there wasn't a warning light to clear or any trouble really at all - truly impressive. When I bought the bike it only had 200 more miles on it from when my friend bought it in 2014. I plan to put many, many more on.