OK, so I passed my Ls (yay!), and the bank's approved me for a loan (scary amounts of debt- yay!)...now I just have to work out which bike to get. I've narrowed it down to two choices. Not that I'm not willing to deviate from them, but my current feeling is that that will only add to my indecision! As much for the benefit of me working through the pros and cons, I'm going to post my thoughts on each here. Comments and suggestions are more than welcome First bike...Honda CBF-250 Pros * I've wanted one of these for years * I've ridden them before, and know I'm comfortable on them * I much prefer the positioning of the foot pegs * Cost Cons * Known to be gutless bikes, and I'll grow out of it fairly quickly * Fairly shitty re-sale value * Rear disc brake is a bit of a worry * Not so great for highway riding (which is an issue since the next town is an hour away, on the off-chance that I ever get a holiday!) Second bike...Honda VTR-250 Pros * Probably won't grow out of it so fast * Good for town & highway riding * Front and rear disk brakes (go team safety!) * Pretty good re-sale value * They look better! Cons * Not as comfortable with the seating position (but I'm sure I'd get used to it) * Cost * Much steeper learning curve- would take me a while to feel confident enough to commute in traffic (which was the whole point of getting the bike in the first place) What to do? What to do? Take a bigger risk, and grow more as a rider; or go for the cheaper, more confident option? Either way I'm planning on buying new. I know there are plenty of second hand models of each out there, but since none are close enough to test ride, and I'm no expert on mechanics I'd prefer to be safe than sorry. OK, so now I've vented (sorry it was so long)- what are your thoughts?