It is according to what kind of Metric you are looking for. I got my new XR back in Sept. for much less than an equal sized yamaha or kawasaki. If your limited on funds then a 750 to 900 metric cruiser may meet your needs. I have a Suzuki M50 800cc that I bought 4 years ago to learn on and it is one hell of a bike. Plenty of power for 2-up riding or a short tour and good enough for a lone rider to take week long trips at interstate speeds (have done so many times). You may want to look at a good used Suzuki C50 or C90 or a Kawi 900, all great bikes and super dependable. I am actually going to be selling my M50 when spring comes because I just don't have time to ride 2 bikes and since I got my XR the M50 has been sitting lonesome in the corner of the garage.
2011 Cross Roads Sunset Red
OEM short windshield, passenger backrest, crash bars, saddle bag bars, heated grips, vinyl closeouts, tachometer, ambient temp. WD lay down licence plate.