I just got my license and took the MSF course 6 weeks ago. Bought my first bike on craigslist 3 weeks ago. It is a black 98 Yamaha vstar classic 650cc. Had only 9800 miles on it and I got it for $2100! I made sure to buy quality gear too. For my helmet I got the Shoei rf-1200 with the photochromatic shield and pinlock insert. It's awesome only needing one shield and the tint works real well. I'm still learning a lot about how to ride and have been wrenching on my bike to get more familiar with it. I can't stop riding and try to be in the saddle as often as I can.