So I've been a passenger a few times but never a rider. I've been wanting to get into it for several years, and getting married in about a month I've got that feeling that if I don't start taking steps toward the goal I may never get around to it. That said, I'm looking for something cheap, so that I'll only finance $1k at most. I have a car payment already, I don't need a bike payment also. There's a 78 cx500 and a couple mid 80s Magna 700s for sale locally that I'm going to be calling on. Any opinions on these bikes? The cx500 looks really interesting, the laterally mounted Vtwin seems like it could be cumbersome. Summary: I am not looking for anything over $1500 to learn on. I don't want to shit up something with a significant monthly payment attached. I am not looking for a sport bike of any kind. I'm a big guy, so not only would I look retarded as hell riding one, I find them extremely uncomfortable to be on.