I was in Carl's today checking out helmets when I spotted a new Suzuki GS500F. I couldn't believe my eyes. A reasonable starter bike available in the US that isn't fugly and 10 years out dated! I checked the Suzuki site tonight and it looks like this new version has been available since 2004 so there should be used ones available as well. I'm not surprised that I haven't seen one on the road since we don't have many people on smaller bikes here (on a side note, I saw a newb trying to decide between the 1000RR and the GSX-R 750 :rolleyes ). I've been in that dealership plenty of times and this is the first time I've seen a bike under 600cc there. Hell, if I see one used I'll probably snag it as a commuter bike and something I can teach my wife on. I like the yellow from '04.