Good stuff. Thanks for taking us along.
settleling is better than fighting. if he is around i'd offer him the 500 to sign the title over and then a thousand if he declines let him think on it.
Quotes from your realtor and Sheriff will not impress a judge. If a personal loan was taken against the bike and had a lean there is no entity that can claim the vehicle without satisfying the lean first. Even vehicles taken by law enforcement in raids/stings/drug sweeps/investigations are given to the lean holder and if no payment issues between borrower-lender are given back at the lender's discretion. And this includes ANY lean from a mechanic's lean to cash for title lean to Bank of America lean, bail/bond lean, even as collateral on a loan between friends/family.