I got my 2009 GS about a month ago and i'm lovin it . I payed 8k and it came bmw side cases , corbin seat , sw-motech crash bars and a cee baileys windsheild . I'm happy with it and I would do it again . As fair as going for a cheeper first bike like the klr or dr look at a 07 or older f650gs . You can get them with some add on's for a litter more money you'll get a lot more bike . Try looking at cycletrader thay'll have a but load . If you can afford the twin it'll be a better bike more HP . I ride my GS daily to work 70 miles round trip and it'll run 80mph all day and never look back .