As you'd know, my bike was written off. I'm going to have a crack at getting a payout rather than insurance paying a higher cost for a new one. I've got a hefty financial commitment but don't know its full amount yet so.... I've considered the following options: 1. Keep the cash and wait until my restrictions are over then go looking for whatever I want / can afford. 2. Get another two-fiddy with the amount left from the payout minus the excess (if I get paid out). This would mean I'd have a bike.... just as I did before it was written off. 3. Consider myself very lucky from my off, put a hold on riding for a while and put the payout (if it happens) towards reducing the upcoming debt. To give you an idea of what I'm looking at, I'd narrow it down to a more recent GPX (2006 or thereabouts), VTR (2005 or thereabouts) or ZZR (2005 or thereabouts). I can't think of anything else that isn't too old that would fit a total spend (bike + Vicrods transfer duty, and maybe + insurance) of a maximum of $5k. I won't consider anything with a terrible resale value. The CBR, ZX2R, FZR and cruisers are out. I think a GS500 or ER5 would be about the only other bikes I'd consider. I'll have to see what their going rates are. The GPX seems a front runner to me because it isn't expensive, has a good rate for insurance, has a big tank so has a long range. I suspect that when I'd sell it in future I wouldn't lose much. I don't know whether or not I'd like fairings but I do like at least having a fly screen. It seems strange turning the bar and the mirrors stay in place. A question about the parallel twins. Do they vibrate much? A CB250 vibrates far too much for my liking. I don't want anything like that. Both the VTR and Hyosung 250s had a rev range where they'd vibrate a little more (around 6,000 +/- 500 rpm) but nothing annoying like a CB250. All I found that was relevant in my search was: I gave up after the second page of the search. Another question, if anyone has ridden the above, what's your opinion/comparison of them (how they ride) and the pluses and minuses about each? How does a GS500 and ER5 compare to them (apart from the extra capacity/go)?