Wow. It seems like destiny. I surfed around and found a shop in San Francisco that has a used 2009 Suzuki GS500F with the black/red/grey colored fairing I wanted.

http://sf-moto.ebizautos.com/used-suzuki/

Everything I’ve read and heard about this machine tell me that this is the bike for me.

used GS500F Suzuki 400 miles

I love the sporty look and the upright/standard seating style. It has a 487cc engine, which is powerful enough for a person of my size and weight but also good as a starter bike. It appears that the engine hasn’t changed much over 30 years, so repairs shouldn’t be costly if needed.

I’ve paid $200 for SF Moto to hold the bike for me. I go check it out tomorrow morning.

Update: I bought it. It’s mine!