I’m in pretty much the same position you are. I’m not interested in carrying passengers, but other than that we’re in the same boat.
Seems like all the good starter bikes and smokin’ deals are too far away to work. I think the Rebel would be a great bike, but buying a brand new one isn’t the best option if you’re just going to sell it in a year anyway. And it seems none of the good used ones are close enough.
It’s tough man. Unfortunately I haven’t found any solid answers yet (though I did get some great advice here). Anyway good luck and post what you decide to get. I’d be interested to see