since they cost less to maintain than a used car in the same price range. At least, I THINK they do, right?
Well maybe everyone else can help you out. Speaking from the owning to brand new bikes perspective. My first bike, R6, I've probably Spent $150 in 6 months on Maintainance alone.
That does not include the $160 the dealer stuck me with for the "600 Mile Service"
. As far as extras, well a $450 Slip on, $200 on Carbon fiber parts, $60 on a K&N filter, $50 - $100 on headlight bulbs, $20 on grips, and I've got over $500 worth of Neon crap on my bike too.
Do keep in mind that a good used bike may be a lot cheaper, cause if you find one that someone else has fixed up and take care of, you're getting out cheaper.
Oh, I just order $1200 worht of stuff for my othre bike, Yamaha FZ1. It's a bunch of expensive water proff luggage boxes. Cool stuff though, SO I'm looking forward to taking a bunch of trips if it warms up for a week or 2
What kinda bikes in that price range should I be looking at?
Not sure, can'thelp you there.
I know this is a sport bike forum, but do any of you have any advice on cruiser-type bikes also?
Actually, the YZF600 is a nice touring bike, but I've also seen like 99 Yamaha FZ1's go for $5000 or less. But that been a 1000cc, I DO NOT recommend you get a 1000cc bike for your first bike. Trust me, this thing is like a sleeping giant.
How much does GOOD (Emphasis on "good" here) riding equipment cost these days?
Well I'm partial to Joe Rocket. And since I own every thing that's High $$ from them, brand new 2002 stuff.
Speedmaster Jacket $430
Speedmaster Perforated Leather Pants $340
Speedmaster Gloves $140
Speedmaster Boots $220
Joe Rocket does sell Rain Gear too. But if you want to get outrageous on the price and "Good" gear, Daniese does custom fit leathers and you can get full suits in any color for like $1500 - $2000. But You don't really wnat anything like that unlesss you have a racing career or more money than me to burn.
Do you guys have any tips for buying used?
Research the type of bike you want first. Listen to what everyone hear has to say. Then look for the specific bike you like.
Although I DO want it to be comfortable for roadtrips (2-3 hour trips, nothing big), so I can visit my folks on occasion. I don't want anything for racing Porsche 911 turbos's . I guess something light weight would be nice, so that way if I lay it down, I'll be able to pick it back up right?
Any Sport Touring bike is a nice bet for you. And don't assume that just cuase it's a sport tourer that it won't keep up with Sport bikes. And Most Sport Bikes will out run a Porsche 911. My R6 does 165 and the FZ1 pushes 180. As far as picking it up, I can toss my R6 around if it falls over, and that's about 370lbs. My FZ1 is close to 500lbs, but it's a taller bike. I'm sure I could pick it up. And as far as laying it down, the object of riding and gaining expereince is not to lay it down. I've dropped my R6 at stop signs and while doing very slow turns, but never while riding. I never try to push my self to far.
One last thing. I and everyone else here will Highly recommend that you take the MSF course. If nothing else, for $100 you will gain expereince that you didn't have. I never knew how to ride before I took this course. I finished and passed on Sunday and went and picked up my bike on Monday. If I had not taken the course. There's no way I could have ridden it off the lot.
Good luck and stay safe. I look forward to eharing what you bought. Take some pictures!