(Thread title just for Drew)
Ended up buying a Honda Nighthawk 250 - I know y'all are going to say it's too small, but it felt comfortable, was in awesome shape compared to other bikes I've looked at, the price was right, and the seller gave me a good vibe.
1995 with 3100 mi in good mechanical and cosmetic shape, $1000 delivered
Everyone is telling me that pictures of the bike in front of the Z look pretentious, but that wasn't the intent - that's exactly where it was when it rolled off the trailer
Now I just have to get through the 7 weeks before my riding course without dying of impatience.