Thought I'd post to say I'm the proud new owner of a new but not new 500R! Someone bought it, put 300 miles on it, and decided they didn't want it so I picked it up for much less than the list price. Even has 11 months of manufacturer warranty, not dropped or anything!
I passed the MSF yesterday, and just need to do the written exam for my M endorsement. I'll be gathering up all my gear and stuff this week and picking the bike up on Saturday so I can spend all weekend stalling and doing other similarly embarassing things! Hooooooooray!
Wanted to thank you guys for maintaing a great community with all kinds of great info. It was big help to me in trying to make a smart purchase decision.