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I think you would be safe in doing so with minimum legal exposure because:
1. There is a 4 year statute of limitations on breach of contract claims and even a lesser number of years for other types of claims in CA;
2. Assuming that the buyer has not paid the mototrcycle shop's repair bill, the motorcycle shop has a mechnaics lien on the bike and can sell it to collect the money that is owed to it. You then could purchase the bike from the mechanic at the sale;
3. Even if the buyer somehow trys to redeem the bike from you, you would have a right to request that he pay you what you paid the mechanic to buy the bike from the mechanic.
4. Furthermore, it would appear that the buyer has abandoned the bike.
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