I'm not a lifer with motorcycles, I've been dirt and street biking for 5 years. 51 years old. But I've been operating farm equipment, 18 wheelers, heavy equipment, if it's got wheels, tracks, laser guidence, or even two 5 ton drums, (asphault roller), fairly good chance i've run it. Certainly not every thing but enough to know how much I love to get on anything thats got an engine. The RC is my 5th bike and definatly my favorite. I love riding it, gets my concentration so focused. And I love what the bike is. A proven SuperBike.
If I were looking for another one, now that I've gone thru a decent learning curve with my sp1, definatly go for an sp2, 2002 & up. Way more parts availability. And a few significant factory upgrades, like swingarm, improved suspension, bigger throttle bodies with way better injectors, a little more horsepressure/torque, and a little lighter. Plus you get a choice of not one, but two -yes two- colors! red or black. And no other bike looks as good in those colors! Thats assuming your price range, maybe gonna be mostly stock. thats fine. They still RIP
I really think you'll find a clean, low milage bike for that price. Especially here in CA. Fairly good inventory of still very clean RC's. I scoured craigslist for months and saw some real cherries go by for $5500 to $6500
May the Used Bike Gods Smile Your Way