First some information: My riding history: I took the MSF class at 16 (I'm 22 now) and spent a lot of time learning how to ride safely. I rode around my neighborhood on a CB450 and a '93 Katana 600 until my friend who owned the bikes was comfortable enough to let me on the road with them. I got a bit of practice on those bikes before I bought a '93 Suzuki Katana 600 (same as my friend's) at age 18. I laid it down once (the first day I had it) and learned a lesson about safety and stupidity. I was a much safer rider after that. I rode it for a few years before it broke down and I was broke with no money to fix it, so I got rid of it. Two summers ago (age 20/21) I took a trip to NC and rented a HD Fat Boy (new that year, only 200 miles on it). I took a day trip on it with the girl I was visiting on the back. Man, what a great bike! I was so comfortable on it and had no trouble handling it at all, even with a passenger. (I'd gone to church with this girl in middle school before she moved down to NC and became a stripper. Who'd have thought? It was a fun trip! ) I scraped the floorboards up a bit on some turns, which reminded me that I was on a cruiser, not my old Katana. Last summer I went down to NC again, but this time to visit family. My birth grandfather (I'm adopted) has a Goldwing. He let me ride it, which I did with minimal trouble. That's one heavy bike! I was safe with it but had a little trouble getting used to the weight at first. It got a lot easier after a few hours of riding. Come to find out, I was the only person he'd ever let ride that thing. I was honored! Later that summer (for my 22nd birthday) I got the chance to ride another large bike. I wish I could remember what it was, but I can't. It was about the size of the Fat Boy. I had no trouble handling that either. The point I'm trying to make through relaying my experiences on these various motorcycles is that I'm comfortable with bikes of all sizes. My motorcycle preferences: I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent on all the cruisers I mentioned riding, as they were extremely comfortable. The thing I didn't like though, is that they're definitely not sportbikes. I want to be able to ride the twisties without scraping floorboards! If I were to buy a new bike (which I'm hoping to be able to afford soon) I want something that is comfortable and sporty. I absolutely love how the Yamaha YZF R6 looks. The 2005 Raven edition was my dream bike until I actually sat on one and found out how uncomfortable it is. The Honda CBRs look really nice too. However, due to the lack of comfort, these bikes are out of the question. Last year I sat on an Aprilia Shiver (an orange one! 750 cc's) and loved it! It looks sexy and is comfortable too! That would be what I would get, except I can't afford it. I would like a 600 or a 750. No liter bikes for me. I'm looking for something less expensive than the Shiver, but still sporty and comfortable. Also, it has to be within my limited budget. If you're still following the novel I've written here, I have come to the part where I ask the question! The question: What would you folks here at the GT brain trust recommend for a bike that is comfortable, reliable, sporty, and cheap? To save cost, a used bike is a must.