Since you know how to ride bikes, I'd say grab yourself a 600 bike. You can find CBR600 F2, F3, and maybe some F4's for 2-3 grand (F4 maybe 3500) You'll thank yourself later since if you get the 250, you'll want to upgrade a month later. If you live in a city 250 and 500 wouldn't be bad, but since you live in TN... I doubt that.
I bought an F2 last year for $2500 in crisp condition with 12k miles on it as a starter bike, no past experience of riding before. Only crashed due to deer, but haven't fell off the bike yet. I say anything thats a 2001 and under should be easy to find for cheap.
Also, factor in atleast 300-400 for helmet, jacket, and riding gloves alone. Best gear will cost between 500-800 all together. Riding suites can be between 300-600+ easily.
Last edited by JBaz; 02-27-2006 at 07:04 AM.