I've ridden bikes for many years. I started on dirtbikes, and later moved on to street bikes (standard cruisers). Four years ago, my wife and I had our first child, and a year later we moved to MN, where we needed a house more, and toys less. I sold the bikes (because I wanted to keep my guns!). Anyway, I'm now in a possition to start saving some money for a "Non-gun" toy. My wife has approved the purchase of a bike, as long as no financing is needed. I'm fairly patient, and have decided to wait untill next fall to buy a bike (possibly the fall after that, if necessary). My goal is to have a 'toy' that I can take 30 minute to 1 hour drives on the country highways near wear I live, 3-4 times a week. I have no ambition to go on longer trips, and I'm not looking to race. Just something that is fun to ride, and has responsive handling. I'd really like to buy a Sport bike (ie. crotch rocket), but I honestly don't know much about them. I don't know which one is good, which one to avoid, or what is a fair price to pay. I'm setting my price range at roughly $3,000 - $4,000. I don't want to get a "fixer upper" but I don't mind getting a slightly older bike (mid '90's - Present). I'm also looking for something under 1,000 cc's. Any suggestions on what to look for, or where to look would be appreciated. Thanks, Kory.