dave is right here..........get a 98 or newer. Make damn sure you get one with cruise control. I use reverse once in a while. I would not get a interstate. Get the newest, low milage, 98 or newer you can afford. I would not trade for that old of a bike. Nope. No way. (Key words here....... 98 or newer you can afford)96> may have had a few bad alternators, which is not much of a problem. The earlier models had a tendency to loose 4th gear, which is a big problem.