I’ve spent most of my life terrified of the idea of riding a motorcycle. This year I decided I was tired of being irrationally scared of something, so I took a motorcycle riding course to decide if it was a rational fear or not. The end result? It turns out to I do like it.
Now that I decided I wanted to ride a bike again, I needed a bike. After a pile of research I decided I wanted a 500-ish cc standard bike with an upright seating position. To this end, I ended up buying a 1996 Suzuki GS500E with ~17K miles for $850. It needs a bit of a tuneup/carb adjustment, needs a new gas door lock and a PO drilled out the back of the muffler, so it sounds like a bike with holes in the muffler.
But it runs & rides well, and has brand new tires & rear brakes. I am already researching parts for repairs & upgrades.