Hey fellas, I'm sure it's been done to death a thousand times before, but here's my little review of the renowned VTR250. I'm not going to bother with stats, because you all know them, and they aren't that much more different to every other bike out there. I don't like liquid-cooled motorbikes. I don't really like anything with more than one cylinder. I don't particularily like flash motorcycles because I'll end up dropping it and fcuking it up sooner or later. But a while ago my SR was off the road, and I had to borrow a mate's VTR. First about this particular example - it's been a permanant learners bike - no experienced rider has used this for any real length of time so I shudder to think of what the gearbox is doing after 40,000k's. The last 5,000k's or so the bike hasn't been touched - no new oil, no air in the tyres or anything. The pipe has been punched out and it has been dropped, quite badly, which has left a sizable dent in the tank and stuffed up various other bits and peices but nothing of any note. I'm a one-eyed kinda person, and to be honest, many netriders confuse me, with the obsession with motorcycles that can be driven in 1st gear down the M4. Nothing wrong with that - different horses and all that jazz. In my humble opinion a dirtbike is the best learner bike and best commuter, but that's starting to change after riding the VTR. Even a little bit. I like 'em simple. The whole thing was newfangled to me. I haven't ridden a bike with more than one cylinder for any extended period of time. Or rear disk brakes. Or a liquid cooled engine, so you can imagine my shock. Jesus - the thing is like sitting in a loungechair. It's comfortable, the bars are right where they should be and the whole thing turns and accelerates quite nicely for what it is. The whole bike, from gear changes to stopping is so disgustingly simple it's great. Still after 40,000k's the suspension was soft at the rear, but not offputting. The chain hangs slack like sleeve of wizard. The seat height is perfect, it's got a new-fangled electric start thingy that makes it a breeze and the choke is under your bloody thumb! Genius! But all this comes at a price, in my humble but still arrogant opinion. While it's bloody brilliant at everything, I'm not sure if it's the best learner bike out there. It'd have to be one of the best commuter bikes, but I'm not sure if it's the kind of bike someone should actually 'own' straight off. Maybe it's just me. But ever met the young bloke who's saved and bought himself a Torana, Daddo or similar as a first car? They start to understand the whole process of driving, how an engine works and how to maintain and diagnose simple problems. Same with dirtbike riders - these guys, on a whole, have mechanical skills that run rings around most road riders. I once met a chap who rode a fireblade and was obsessed about all things motorcycling, but he struggled to remember what the four stages of a four stroke engine. (Though perhaps there's nothing wrong with that?) It's the same with the VTR. The whole thing is just so damn easy, it's cheating. It starts, it runs, it accelerates, it stops, it's reliable. It's the mitsubishi magna of motorcycles. Part of me wants to hate it because it's so damn dull. But. It's so good. Probably more like a bloody camry than a magna. It seems to run forever, it's a great little bike. But it's also completely devoid of personality, no matter how big a whole you punch in the muffler or how much you drop it. Disgusted with myself, I'm going to keep an eye out for a good one. It isn't my kind of bike, and probably won't ever be, but by Christ it's good at what it does - taking the motorcycling out of motorcycling.