2004 Yz450f threw a rod. Should I buy to fix?

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Saw this bike on Facebook Marketplace. Seller says "rod broken" but I'm not sure he knows or is truthful. Looking to get back into riding. I'm 64 with a lot of street experience but no dirt in 30yrs. Am I crazy to start back on this bike? Seller wants $1100obo. I'm mechanically capable on cars but not experienced on bikes. I know $1100 not going to happen but what is a "semi- safe price", if there is one to buy this bike and assume the risk?
Thanks in advance
 
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It's a 16 year old high rpm, high maintenance four-stroke that the current owner ADMITS has a serious engine problem. My advice is to keep looking ;-)