Hey guys, So some of you may have noticed my last post about my crash. Well I just got word today...finally!..that the bike is a'total loss'. Two options I have, a pay out, or a replacement bike. I got a good deal on the bike and the same model is $500 more now so the replacement option will save me a bit of money if I go the same. However, I have had a quick ring around and it seems the bike I had is largely out of stock. So i'm having a quick look around for other bikes if the insurance can't replace it. I'm really after feedback with actual experience not biased and judgmental opinions. These two bikes I'm about to mention will cop a lot of flak and I have already a lot about them and would like some opinions regarding my specific position. For information sake I am not interested in going ridiculously fast in a straight line. I like corners. I had a crappy 318is for many years and flogged the crap out of it and loved every minute of its granny defying pace. I have that same mentality with bikes, fast around the corners, cruise on the straights. Why use brakes? (ok I do need to work on this-see crash post) So basically what i'm after is a good handling fun bike. Most of my riding will be in and around the city with the odd joy ride every couple of weeks. I want a bike that I can learn skill on. I won't be going higher than a 250 until I have eeked every bit of skill out of the smaller bike. If I upgrade at all (my D is adequately large). Now that I have hopefully preempted the 'just want a cheap one before you upgrade' and 'you'll get bored' bollocks I can get to the bikes and my worries about them. The original bike. Hyosung gt250r 2014 Originally purchased due to price and the two year warranty. The aggressive body position is much more comfortable to me. The size of this bike is also a lot more comfortable than others in the class and price range. On those two points I will again get one instead of the more expensive kawa and honda. Issues I had were of course reliability worries, stalled somewhat with the warranty. It had a couple of issues in quality control I guess. A bit of fuel escaping from the cap, instrument thingy rattling. But all excusable with the price. Craftsmanship costs ya? The other bike. I just spoke to someone selling and if he is honest a really good deal. Yamaha r125 2012 These things look awesome and the build quality is great. Really good handling and something that I will really be able to learn on. Essentially a much better bike than the hyo except that it is a 125. I know most of you guys laugh at that but see earlier () where I mentioned the size of my... Most of my riding is under the 100k mark and in and around the city. My worry is not about being bored but on safety. Is something so small truly safe in the city? And the big question is the fun of such a bike able to negate the negatives. So that's it guys. Hopefully we can get past the hyo bashing and the tiny bike discrimination. I want to learn how to ride well and am after a good bike that can do that. If anyone has experience with the 125 especially please chime in. These are the only two bikes i'm interested in so don't waste effort by replying with 'get a gpx' 'get a ninja'. I don't like them and I won't buy one. One further note I'm pretty sure the 125 will hold its value a lot better for when I do sell. Thanks for reading guys. It was a chore I know.