I will be purchasing my first bike in less than a year, and can't afford to get a brand new one (have to buy a new vehicle) so I am looking into the early 90's to prolly 97-98. Is there a huge performance difference between the older 600's compared to the new ones? I want a bike to be a weekend rider, and sometimes daily driven. I am not tied to a specific manufacturer, I am pretty open to suggestions. I will be taking all the neccessary courses, and have a friend who will help me learn how to ride it properly. I know 'nothing' about bikes..and came here to learn. What are the 1/4 mile times on the older 600's? do they handle well? Just a few of many questions. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.