Well folks, after trawling these forums and deliberating for over 2 years about getting a bike, I've gone and done it. Was getting all my kit before the bike and just needed some Kevlar jeans so I popped into one of the dealerships in Brighton. I'd heard they'd just traded a GS500F, and I was considering a GS500 so I had a squiz. Didn't have jeans in my size but I had a look around the bike, sat on it, checked there were no leaky or scratched bits, asked how much, and thought, fuggit, let's just do it. It needed a new battery and there were three missing bits on the steering head, but it sounded okay (started on the charger - ominous much?) and So I put down a 500 deposit on the bike, will pay the balance tomorrow or thursday, and will pick it up on friday or saturday, hopefully with time to wobble down to the learners saturday morning in Elwood if it's running this weekend and say hi. (and learn to ride, as haven't done since getting my L's at the end of July. Will do my bestest not to die before then. Breaking the rules then: 1) Don't by the first bike you see (well I've seen and sat on a few, but not with the money to buy them if that counts) 2) Don't get a faired bike (was after a GS500 because I generally prefer nekkids, ; loved the buy a piece of sh*t post, the other bike I was seriously considering was a CB250 but will do some freewaying and am something of a windsock - 6.1, 94kgs) 3) Test ride a few (prefer to drop it when I own it) Pics to follow, and we'll see how this works out. I'm banking on 'Awesomely' because spontaneity usually works pretty well for me. (Oh yeah. 2009 GS500F, 26500kms, rego until June 2012, $5250 rideaway, (with new battery!) (pretty happy about that as had $7000 budget and I already have my helmet (Shoei XR1100), Boots, gloves and jacket) and insurance was only $368 fully comp. That said, I never had any accidents, speeding tickets etc in the 7 years I've had my car license so that helped. Can't wait. Traffic get ready etc. Ali.