Yeah, I'm still in the market for a 250/500. I haven't bought one yet, cause I don't have any money, but that will 'ideally' be fixed by the end of this month, but a two week road trip with a friend may put an end to my blissfully moneyed days. But I should recover quickly enough and have a bike sometime in August, hopefully.
I have found plenty of decent bikes on ebay. Many that were within a few hundred miles of Nashville. I say this only because I feel a little weird about buying a bike from American Motorsports. They charge much too much for their used bikes, and even with their new ones, they have a total disregard for the rider and only care about the bottom line. I was in there sitting on bikes a few weeks ago and they sold this guy a ZX-10. And when he left, with no helmet and in shorts, sandals, and a cut off shirts, I asked the guy who sold it to him how long he had been riding. "Oh, that's his first bike", he said. I cringed inside. But, they're good about letting you sit on the bikes.
Hopefully I will see you on the Trace in a month or two. It's the first place I'm gonna hit when I get my bike, I can't wait. I may actually take a sleeping bag and some apples with me and go all the way down to Alabama, I think, and backover the course of a few days.
Let me know what color your bike and gear is so I can salute you when I see you.