Well, today I'm 29. I sold my project SV about a month ago to get into more of a sport touring type machine. I had (and still do have) my heart set on a 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000....but due to unforeseen crap, that's probably not going to happen this year - I've got about $3500 to spend.
What I'm looking for is something in the sport touring segment - something that leans sport more than touring. The idea is that next year I'd like to trade up to the Ninja...or whatever else has my attention at that point.
What I've come up with so far is.....a 5th gen VFR.
I've found a few on cycletrader and CL. One nearby for $2200 with 5k miles. It is bone stock and likely needs forks/shock rebuilt and tires. There is another 400 miles away with 35k miles for $4000 - but it has a nice looking slip on, updated mosfet R/R, new tires, penske shock, upgraded fork springs, and new brake pads.
What I'd like to hear is options/experiences with the VFR or other bikes that I may have overlooked that can be had for $3500 or so. List of basic requirements;
Can be had for $3500 or less
800cc or larger
Full fairing/Can handle long distance rides
Able to affix saddlebags and magnetic tank bag (I own already)
Fun to ride
Pic of second VFR