I'm looking to buy a sports bike, in the $3-$5.5k range. I've got alot of questions. My experience. I've had two dirtbikes, and a little street experience on my dads old BMW K100 and even got to ride his '01 Road King. I had a learners permit for two summers. If it matters, I'm about 6' and 200 lbs., 23 in 2 monhts. I'm afraid of getting a bike that will be too small or weak for me after a short time. Just curious, how big is the 250 ninja? The debate of new vs. used. Sure, new Hondas and Suzukis and the like depreciate like crazy, so buying a two year old bike is much cheaper. But so many used ones have been ridden hard. And I hear its hard to get a good loan rate from the bank for a bike, they want to charge you 17% even with good credit. Dealers seem to offer better finance terms. The next question, what kind of bike for me? Like I said, I'm not all that experienced. What are some good middle of the road bikes in my price range? I want something thats going to handle intuitively, with a nice smooth power band and decent riding position. I'm just starting to research, and there are so many different choices.