Hi Lori, congrats on the new adventure! I just learned to ride in April, and bought a used '06 Vstar classic in May. I love it, it's a great bike, and I'm glad I bought used. I don't know how the market for bikes is in Canada, but the competition this spring was nuts. I had about 12 bikes sell out from under me - literally I would show up at the appointed time and someone else would be riding the bike off into the sunset. As a result I got a little trigger happy - I love my bike but if I had it to do over again I would have waited out the summer and hunted in fall/winter. Probably would have gotten a better bike for a better price (I paid US. $3000, shouldn't have paid more than 25 for the shape the bike's in). Take your time and buy a Clymer manual once you get your bike. Good luck to you!