Hi Guys, So im new, just started looking at bikes after getting my learners, im waiting to get my updated licence before i head off to a training place to work up to Q-Ride assessment for my RE Licence (thats another topic id like to ask about, thread coming on that some day soon ), but in the meantime drooling over bikes. Firstly let me say ive been doing a fair bit of reading and completely understand the "ride as many as you can and buy the one you like the best" response, and i intend to do just that. I guess by asking this question here im trying to get a feel for whether im on the right track, or whether i am about to do something silly. Ok, im a Brisbane based, 36yo, 180cm, 90-95kg guy, looking to spend 5-7.5k (although getting away with a bit less wouldnt hurt) on a nice Naked bike. It will be used to commute a few days a week and the odd weekend ride on my own or with friends / groups, and carrying a pillioin passenger is not something i expect to be doing any time in the near future. I used to ride dirt bikes as a teenager but it was so long ago and so different to road bikes, lets just say i have no experience. Im not into finding the fastest crotch rocket allowable or the cheapest AtoB rust bucket that will get me through my restricted period, I want this bike to be something i like... Which brings me to show my cards... Ive always liked bikes, more specifically what i think of as designer bikes - Moto Guzzi, Triumph, BMW R Series, and.... Ducati - specifically the Monster. While I love the thought of riding and enjoying the rider-life, I would enjoy the ownership of a nice bike a great deal. Unfortunately, due to LAMS restrictions, money constraints, and general availibility / model age, there arnt many bikes from that list that i can obtain and still have a dependable, responsible, first bike. Pretty much just a Monster, which is ok because i have wanted one since about 2002 i think But just because ive always wanted one doesnt mean its the best bike for me, and im open to look at others. As far as the Monster goes im looking at the 620, love the design, around the right price, etc, but for the rest of the shortlist, in terms of size, i would have thought 400 and up, but you guys seem to talk about 250s a lot... im not sure that would be enough for my size? I sat on a VTR250 once years back and it felt like a kids bike. After a lot of reading here a CB400 has filtered onto the shortlist as well, pretty nice looker, good rep from what ive seen, and pretty new for the money - a real possibility. An older bike on my shortlist that i havent seen discussed here at all... a GB500tt. An import, which seems to be something people shy from, and quite old in comparison to others im looking at, but oh so pretty with its cafe racer looks. One that comes up a lot here that im not into is the GS500, not doing it for me sorry. So really, it stands at Monster 620, CB400, and GB500tt at the moment with the Monster being the sentimental favourite. Do you think the Monster is a good fit for me? Pros/Cons on any of these, or any that you think I should be concidering? Im really interested to hear peoples thoughts. Thanks for your time.