At this point, money being a main consideration, what is everyone's opinion on these 3 bikes. I am probably going to be limited to a 1200. Are there any major considerations in having a 1200? Should I wait until I have enough for a 1500? What's the opinion on these?
I don't know how much you want to spend but you might find that parts for 1200 and back are getting harder to find.
There are those here tho that are happy with them. If this is your limit, find a good one.
Right now is a great time to buy as bikes aren't moving. I would suggest you start out looking at 1500s and make some offers. Sellers are painfully aware that cash offers are rare. If you are in a climate where riding is now limited, you have 3 or 4 months to find one before the prices go back up.
If not, go get the best 1200 you can find and enjoy. BTW, if you are not aware, find searchtempest.com and it will make looking for bikes within a radius much easier for you.
Welcome to the site billts. I like many others had many many miles of enjoyment on my 1200. There is a stator issue with them, but it's very fixable if a little costly and labour intensive. I'd personally opt for the 1500 if it's in the budget as they are more advanced and quite superior IMHO.