I've been interested in buying a street bike. Since college, I've always had my eye on Harley's. This will be my first bike, I want to go cheap, but new. For the record, I grew up riding dirt bikes and 3-wheelers (before they were banned), so I have experience. Of course I'll take the motorcycle safety program and buy appropriate riding gear. Anyway, I'm interested in a basic Sportster 883 model. It's got classic lines, and an upright riding position. I realize HD's aren't very advanced, but I've just had the urge to own American Iron Plus the older technology might be easier for me to work on. It can also be modded a number of different ways. The number of aftermarket parts for this model is HUGE. Oh, and at 50+ mpg, it would make a nice spring/summer commuter. They don't seem to be expensive at under $6K. What other bikes are there to consider? I'm looking to have one by next summer, so I'm in no rush. I want to give myself plenty of time for research (which I have done a fair bit of on the Sportster), and to get my license. Also, is there still a waiting period to get one or can I buy one of the showroom floor now? It seems since the mid 90's, HD dealers have sprouted up everywhere. Thanks! Mike D.