I was given an ’81 Yamaha XS 400 about a year ago. The bike has been sitting since 1982, so you can imagine the amount of work (and parts that I needed to get) to get it road worthy again. Thus far I have been able to purchase a starter, throttle cable, fuel shut off valve, etc. from EBay. the throttle cable itself was genuine yamaha, and only cost me ten bucks, the starter was twenty. What I am trying to say is that if you are considering an older unit and are willing to invest a little bit of cash vs. buying a higher priced ride, then go for it. You will probably find someone at work or even in the neighborhood that has or knows someone to help you out. Keep in mind you can take the ride to the dealership and have one of their mechanics go over it, or a local shop. Make sure to find a reputable shop nearby, for tune-ups and repairs. Also, take plenty of time to choose and purchase your ride. As experience developes you will desire to trade up, so don’t be picky. 2 wheels, a seat , and a good year of riding, means more than anything at this stage. This is something you do for yourself, not the people in cars and on the sidewalk. Choose wisely and your riding time will be more enjoyable each and every following year. Ride safe and God bless Jon D.