Purchased this a week ago as an upgrade. I got my endorsement in April, and with no motorcycle history under my belt bought a 1995 Suzuki GS500E as a learner bike. Well, I learned quite a lot about the entire charging system as well as how much I am not a fan of carbs. So it was definitely a "learner bike" just to ride it. But ride I did, and I enjoy it very much (a fear I had was that I would spend $$ on something I wasn't having fun doing). So, I decided I was ready for something with a little more power and reliability for a few extra $$$. Enter the VFR. I had been holding out for a Buell that fit my budget and still in ready-to-ride shape when I discovered the VFR800. Power, reliability, long lasting engine, something I couldn't accidently loop out. When 3 became available near me, I chose the one furthest, a ferry ride away, due to the care it had been in. While there are one or two small things I'll be crawling the forum to find answers to, I'm very much satisfied and grateful to have found this beautiful machine and hope to give it the same love the original owner gave it. GS500E will soon be torn down, cleaned up, and rebuilt into a cafe style ride for my son to enjoy.