Re: Honda VLX??
My first bike was a 2001 VLX. It was a great bike to learn on, but I eventually out grew it. I bought it brand new at the end of 2001 for $5000. Finally sold it in 2005 with 8k miles on the clock for $3300.
The VLX is a great bike, if you don't plan on going faster than 65 mph. It only has four gears, so it's kind of a stretch to get it up to 70+. Don't get me wrong, it'll do 85 mph all day if you want, but you're really going to be ringing the crap out of that little 600cc engine. I consistantly got 60 mpg out of it if I did 60 mph. For every mph above 60 that you go, subtract 1 mpg from 60. Around town and on nice scenic roads, the VLX is great. It only has a 2 gallon tank plus 1 gallon reserve, so you're range is only going to be 100-120 miles or so.
For a 2004 VLX with less than 100 miles, I wouldn't pay more than $4000 for it. Brand new, they're only $5000. Personally, I would get the Shadow 750 (Sprint or Aero) instead of the VLX just to get that extra gear and 150cc.