That's my budget. I have 3000 bucks to spend on all the bike-related stuff... the MSF course, the gear, all the misc. payments (first insurance payment, dmv registration, blah blah blah), and of course, the bike itself. I'm guestimating that the gear, fees, and MSF will be, give or take, a bit over 1000, so that leaves a bit under 2000 for the bike. I've been reading far and wide on the net about beginner bikes, and have concluded that a sportsbike with fairings will be too much and too expensive, so im tryin for somethin "mechanically sound and cosmetically challenged" to learn on. I found a 78 CX500 in the classifieds for 800, but i dunno if it's worth spending 800 bucks on a bike that's older than me. So what do you guys suggest to this newbie to biking and the forum? As far as my dimensions, im 6', 155 lbs, and the only biking experience i have is a moped with a top speed of 20mph.