Just saying. A new Raleigh Coupe or Fuji Absolute ... the Burley's (do they still make them) would be at the Shimano 105 component level. Our Coupe was $1500 but we got it for $1000. New! Even after upgrading to drop bars we haven't cracked $1200. Our first tandem cost $200. New. After a year we got the Coupe. We hit a rough patch and didn't ride the Coupe for two years. Didn't ride anything together actually as we were in separate countries, sorting our feelings out. A starter tandem should not IMO cost $2K. Too much investment, and not everyone can sell a bike... ... case in point above. I couldn't sell my own either. Gave away the cheap one, and had the Raleigh in storage. Good thing, she came back, and ... 8 years now. Got another cheapie, identical to the one we had, to be car free with. The Raleigh only comes out in the summer or the odd nice day in the off season. The Co-motion's and the Santana's are the tandems our friends ride, after years and years of marriage. The Burley's and the Cannondales are the bikes that people start on... used. It is absolutely true that, in the main, tandem people spend a lot to obtain and ride their bikes. It doesn't mean that that is the right thing to do. A lot of tandems are out their not being ridden because the people who bought them are no longer together or one is ill or any of a dozen different reasons. They won't sell them because they won't get nearly what they paid for them and that is a huge psychological hurdle to overcome. So, yes, the above is an example of a good, cheap tandem but it is by no means the example of a good cheap tandem.