Hi gents. First post here and just looking for a bit of advice/opinion/anecdotal leanings etc. Let me preface this by saying I am a complete novice both as a rider and with the spanner. I'm looking to get a cafe racer style bike as my first bike. I have been told by some that perhaps the older technology and riding position on a lot of them are not ideal for the novice rider but they are essentially the only style of bike that interests me so that pretty much puts alternative styles out the window. I'll be using the bike around town. Commute to work and leisurely on the weekend. Nothing longhaul etc. Although I endeavour to eventually build my own project bike once I am a lot more competent on the tools, I am looking for a ready to go (within reason) bike. I'm gonna come clean. Aesthetics play huge role in the bikes I have in mind. I love the look of some of these classic cafes and as such would like garner a few opinions on the mechanical side of things. Max budget on-road $7000 and has to be Learner approved in Victoria. Thoughts on these options: Braaap Mercury: I'm sure you blokes have heard of the newish 2014/15 Mercury Cafe Racer 250cc from Braaap. It looks great and the entry level price is very attractive @ $3,999 (without any mods). Discs both front and back, 250cc, 4-stroke, Air cooled, SOHC, Vertical, 1-cyl. (I wish I could just link it but I'm still too new on the site ) . My questions would be: is it too new of a model/company to risk it? There are very few reviews online etc. Would the 250cc on this size bike be a bit underpowered? I'm not huge but not small either (6ft, 85kg). They do offer a 450cc DIY kit for an extra $2.5k but this seems like a rather pricey upgrade considering I'd be paying someone to do it for me etc. Yamaha SR500 (Late 70's-late 80's): Look great and apparently an all-round classic and especially in the cafe racer scene? I like the idea of the larger donk but am unsure if it's worth the dealing with older component and apparently they do need some TLC with a spanner occasionally which is not my forte (yet). Royal Enfield Bullet 500: Love the classic styling and once again the 500cc but have been told the bikes, even the newest models are retro in every sense in that the 2014 models have drum brakes, rudimentary suspension and sound a bit like lawnmowers. Comments? Advice? Others to consider? PS sorry for the mammoth first post!