This is my second season of Grasshopper ownership, I must say I think it is an awesome machine. It's my first recumbent, and I have almost 3000 miles on it from daily commuting. Tire wise I think you may want to look at the new Schwalbe Marathon Racer because they are very light but not too skinny. The Marathon Slicks that it comes with are OK, and let you do a bit of mild offroading, but the rolling resistance is sorta noticeable. I switched to a slightly skinnier Continental (Racer?) which is I think 3 1/8 inches wide, got a few flats in a row right away (bad luck with potholes, definately not good for offroad, and possibly intstalled the tire wrong once), but since then, they've been great. I'm about 150 lbs. The narrower tires are unquestionably more efficient and run at 90psi. I'd recommend using an airpump that displays the psi as you pump, since the pressure impacts rolling resistance and tire life so much. A dual 26" wheel bike will give you way more tire options which can be important, but for learning on a recumbent, the low stance of the grasshopper seems desireable, and the smaller wheel size makes the bike rather compact and agile, though they are slightly more affected by bumpy terrain, and may wear out a bit sooner than full size wheels. There is something about bikes with unequal wheel size that I don't really dig, I think it's that with a smaller front wheel you have more weight on the front wheel, just a sort of gut feeling.
I like the bodylink seat / airflow cushion quite a bit, took some minor adjustments, but it's easily the most comfortable thing I sit in all day. One thing to note is that I find the bolts that are used to attach the seat would benefit hugely from some locktite cement, seeing as they seem to loosen up every few months, so when the seat makes some creaking sounds, they have to be tightened. The optional rear air shock is easy to adjust and very nice.
The price you mentioned seems fair if it's in like-new condition. I imagine it would have great resale value as well.
Last edited by recliner; 10-24-06 at 02:02 PM.