The 250 market is very strong here, and aside from the differences in their marketing effectiveness *cough honda cough* there's no reason why a learner wouldn't choose any of the 250 fourstrokes out there. My grudge is that the Australian Motorcycling Magazines are only covering the flash new big bikes, and aren't giving the 250s the time they deserve. These mags report figures of which bikes are selling the most and cover them more as they are popular, but the second hand market is forgotten. 250s are traded all the time, but there is precious little written material comparing the various 250s, some of which are up to 20years old and still as keen as the freshies. cbr (250r rr and 125r), vtr, zzr, zxr, gpx, gsx, Baylis, Zeal, fzr, hornet, Gt, Comet, and many more If anyone is involved with Aust MCNews, or Rapid, or similar, have a word to the editors to get a good (unbiased) comparo written and printed.