So I've looked over a few of the older posts on this topic and it seems like the biggest reason not to get a VFR as a first bike is because of the chances you have to drop it and it's not worth the expense in that case. For the one I found it's a great deal (16k miles and $2.5 which includes extras like saddle bags). It's from a friend who is a mechanic and he bought it from another guy we both know (so basically it's been taken care of really well). A lot of things have been updated in the last year. All in all - it's the cheapest bike I found that meets what I'm looking for (everything else was around $4k). The cost of dropping it aside- what are your thoughts on handling an 800cc engine as a first ride? I've heard it's pretty forgiving and it has less horsepower than a lot of other sport bikes out there so overall it seems pretty ideal. I'm not a big person (150 lb) so I'm wondering how well I'll handle it (I have a chance to go test it out soon) - just want to hear from those with experience. Anyone else have a VFR as a first ride? Also I'd look at putting frame sliders on it if I got one (oggy knobs or some that are no-cut). Any thoughts are welcome -thanks!