Ola Netriders I'm overseas driving a giant van on lovely twisty European roads, 12 months and I'm really missing riding. Also after having a look around Circuit Paul Ricard (and a few rounds thrashing the go-karts there), I've convinced myself to get a bike when back in oz. What I'd like to do is trip short, infrequent stretches (~250km country Victorian roads North of Melbourne) at 100+k/h (not one for speeding me), but then take the same bike to the track and push it, whittle times down, build a skill and get my kicks. I've ridden a postie (in the city, sometimes like a temporary Australian) in the past, and a range of 125s off road. Was thinking about something on the small and light end... But on the 2.5h bi-monthly-ish trip, not so sure... 400cc to 1000? Mech is easy enough, so could even get a 'underpowered' bike that has good tuning/aftermarket gains? Good rubber, stops, suspension and handling are my main priority, as is price (travel is eating my sub $5k bike fund as I type this). Couldn't give a flying truck about looks or brand. Or maybe I just bite the bullet, learn to ride the 1500cc cruiser I can borrow, and grab a trailer and a beginners track bike? But then I'd miss out on the Black Spur detour... Any thoughts more than welcome, pretty lost in the sea of "what's a lams bike I can mod to hit 500km/h" and "if you're starting out on the track (insert $15k bike here) is a minimum requirement" posts at the moment!