Good evening folks and hi! I have been lurking for a few months. Guess my name and what year I was born! Anyway I got my L's a few weeks ago. Can't say I was fantastic. I'd read the 'buy a piece of sh*t' post some months ago which recommended doing exactly that given how likely you are to drop it. (I am very likely to do this). Now, if you accept the massive, massive conflict of interest present in this scenario, I'd love an opinion. I have been thinking of something like a CB250 since reading the POS post (I also like the look of them, and parallel twins). On bikesales.com, they range from around 2500 to 4000 grand. Rider school guy asked me what I would likely get for a first bike. I explained the CB250 thing, and he pointed out that he had a few he was looking to get rid of that had done the learner rider thing at his school. Not registered, a bit scratched, but only around 16k on the clock and a firm $1500 if I'm interested. Good deal? How much are they likely gonna be to roadworthy? How will the engines likely cope at speeds above the 60kph they're likely to have not topped in their previous application. Are CB250's Actually complete rubbish? On the complete flipside, I was bike shopping after work today and seeing a $50 a week sticker on a shiny new F6N when I'm saving $300 is sort of tempting also, especially when you're sitting on it looking at those shiny dials... Love to hear your thoughts, especially if anyone else has gone down a similar route or had a CB250. Ali.