First of all thanks for all the advice. This site has been extremely helpful to me as a novice as I was clueless to the world of motorcycles when I started thinking, “You know, I want to do that”. I have been able to get a solid idea on how to approach riding and more so, approach the endeavor in the safest way possible. (Taking the MSF course in early January.) If I died on a motorcycle, my wife would kill me or at least desecrate the hell out of my grave.
I have never worked on a bike before, but I definitely wanted to learn how to keep up on basic maintenance and such. I feel confidant that I could learn, but I am…what’s the term…a total noob. I do have other modes of transportation so I just wanted to get something cheap and manageable to take to the local junior college and practice riding in the parking lots and around the campus. I like the security of maybe buying a 250 new, had my eye on the hyosung 250gt comet because I like the standard style but figured if I could get something 1K or less that I could pop my cherry on…well there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that. As a first bike, I really do not care what it is as long as it works, it is safe, and it is under 600cc. I do see the logic in getting a bike that when I am on it, all I have to worry about is learning how to ride it, rather than always asking myself, “What’s that clicking noise?”
The bike in question is a 1979 Honda 500Cx C. It is in pristine condition owned by an older (stress older) gentleman for 17 years or so. I would definitely get a mechanic to check it out first. It has less than 20k miles on it. I thought at first hey, that’s cheap, but when I looked around, I found a similar Honda CX500 with half the miles selling on CL for under $800. However, it did not look as nice. Looks like I will have to think this one through some more.