you should be able to find a t-509 sp-3 for low 6$k to high 5's $, I have been tring to sell my 98 red t-509 for about a month, the most I can get on trade is 5700.00, so you shopuld be able to buy one for less then that heavy , under powered 96. those had a high center backbone frame making the bike very top heavy, and the brakes were baaaaaaaad. (I had one ). so you can do better.
p.s. want to buy a mint 98 ?