Soooo... I've been reading up on Moto Club threads about starter bikes. I'm a first time owner but I'm no kid. At 43 years of age I don't need a thrill ride. At $2.00/gal and climbing, I'm looking for a ride to work and an occasional 45 minute trip to the beach. The ride to work is a fairly long ride 65 miles and 1hr 15 min along wide open country roads. This ride is not permanent, but will go on for another 6 months at least. I read up (from multiple sources) that a Suzuki GS500F is a good starter bike. (Kawasaki EF500 also a good starter .. but that's another thread). I head out to my local Suzuki dealer to check it out. Well, he's sold out. OK, that's understandable. He quickly sizes me up and says that "I'll be a little big on that GS500". I'm 6'-1", 215 lbs, average looking slightly tall guy. He shows me over to a Kantana 600 and says that this bike will be a much more comfortable ride, more powerful, more stable, you won't "outgrow" it's capabilities in 4 months time, and its a little more money. $1000 more money. ;P OK. I don't want to be penny wise and pound foolish. Is it really worth the extra grand for the next larger model, or am I being target practice for good salesmanship? Maybe if the GS500 wasn't such a good deal, he wouldn't be sold out of them and I can try one on for size. I have a source that will sell me a 2005 GS500 for $4788.50 delivered (minus local sales tax and tag). Seems like a sweet deal but if I'm gonna regret the smaller bike, I'd pass. Let me know your opinions. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!