Re: best bike for under $500?
your best bet would be a four stroke, you can grt an older (late 80's) xr 200 or 250 that will still run good, looks are a whole nother story. four strokes will take multiple beatings without dying. 500 is a liitle low. i would try to sport 700. if you spend 500 and the tires, chain, sprockets are beat your back to 700 anyway. plus plug, filter, oil change, and carb clean. if you do this yourself will cost about 50 bucks. grab a local paper from the convenience store. around here(pa) its called bucksaver, autotrader, autolocater. they have bikes in the back for sale. also look at e-bay and on this sites wanted/for sale ads. you will find one eventually, but eventually could take 6 months. your best bet would be to wait a month, work some o.t. buy the wife some gifts(flowers, dont spend too much, remem its dirtbike money) and maybe she'll let you use the checkbook. good luck