The bandits not a bad choice Mark, talk to Hitcher (on KB) about his experience with one, he's in our age / riding demographic, worth listening too and not far from you. Bandits are a bit slack in suspension but emulators and a decent rear shock will help a lot, the stock gear is rooted by 20kms. You may have to look at the seat as well, suzuki have never done a decent seat IMHO.
Good luck with the purchasing.
Orange...cause it makes me look like I know what I'm doing!