I'm about to buy my first recumbent and am trying to decide between a used R40, R50 or order a new Jet Stream III. My goal is to get used to recumbent now and then take a trip across the US in about three years on a LWB USS (possibly a Slipstream).
The used R40 is going for $850 and comes with a fairing, 21 speeds (inc. hill climbing chain wheel), new "top of the line" front rim/hub/tire, new rear gear cassette and new derailleur.
Just as I was typing this, I also found a used stock R50 (27 speed) being sold for $750
Should I spend $750 - $850 for one of these or buy a brand new Jet Stream III (http://www.actionbent.com/jsu3.html) for $799?
Decisions, decisions. What would you recommend? Are those reasonable prices for the R40/R50?