If I (6'4", 225-270) were looking in that price range, I'd turn my gaze towards a KLR650 or a late model Honda Nighthawk 750. Either could have been my current ride (probably the latter, there's a Smart Buy writeup in a recent Motorcyclist mag) except a great deal on the Wee and a little extra money came into my life at the same time.
1985 Honda CB450SC (AUG04 - SEP09)
2004 Honda CN250 Helix (NOV09 - )
2006 Suzuki DL650 (MAR07 - )
Lordsmoke, still refusing to obey the voices!