Hello all If all goes as planned, by the end of next Friday I will have my bike l’s, so I figure its about time I stop lurking and say hello. So… um… Hi! Now that I have said hello, I’m after a bit of advice. I will have approximately 5 grand to spend on both the bike and gear. I've checked out some of the other posts and I’m thinking a 1000 would be enough to get some decent gear. Does this sound reasonable or should I spend more on gear? Does anybody have any recommendations on places where I can buy all the necessary equipment? I’m in the west of Melbourne. Or can anybody suggest any specific products that are high quality, but not overly expensive? So if I spent 1g on gear, that would leave me with up to 4g’s on a bike. Now the question is what bike? I’ve been thinking about it for a while and have a few in mind, but was after some of your opinions on them. I know I will have to go out and try different bikes etc before I make up my mind, but I was thinking I may be able to exclude some models or maybe you guys might suggest something I have over looked. Being in Vic, I am limited to a 250 and am after a fully faired bike. I'm about 511 and 78kgs so I'm not the biggest guy around, but not that small either. The bike will be used mainly for a bit of weekend fun and the occasional trip to work. I started off looking at rgv’s simply because they look awesome and I have heard they are quick. Then, however, my sensible side kicked in and I began thinking maybe a 2 stroke isn’t the best idea for a learner who has had very little experience on bikes, and has limited mechanical knowledge. Is the power band really that difficult for a learner to handle and is maintenance really that bad? So after realising a rgv may not be the wisest choice I began looking at 4 strokes, and I turned my attention towards the zx2r or cbrrr, however, it then came to my attention that these bikes may be out of my price range. Anyone have any opinions on these bikes or whether or not I would be able to find one for the four grand mark? I then thought, being my first bike it may be a good idea to get something a little cheaper. So I thought maybe a zzr or a gpx might be a good option. The prices on these two seem to vary, but I have seen some examples go for 2-3 grand, but I’m unsure of the condition. Any opinions of these bikes? What would be a good price for a cheap but good zzr or gpx? So anybody hae any suggestions on what they think might be a good bike for me? I'm still clinging on to the idea of an rgv or zx2r, but is this possible? what would you do in my position? Any other bikes? Also, I have heard some horror stories about some dodgy dealers. Does anybody have any suggestions on good places to go look for a bike? Should I check out some dealers or stay with the classifieds? Thanks for takeing the time to get to the bottom of what has turned out to be a longer than intedend post.