Hi all! I'm getting my Ls really soon (exciting! I hate public transport) so I'm shopping around for my first bike. I've narrowed it down to 2 bikes - the CBR300R and the CB400 (ABS versions). Now I need some advice from you, esteemed members of the Netrider community, to help me make a final decision. (I won't be buying the bike right away, but giving it maybe a month because I need to get some things sorted out first.) I'll mainly be commuting about 40-50kms a day, but I might take some proper road trips (to Canberra and such) once I get my reds. Commuting will most likely include taking the bike onto a freeway just to avoid the peak hour mess that is Parramatta Rd. Here's my reasoning for each bike: CB400 Pros Looks amazing Lower seat height (I'm short, 5'2"/158cm tall with a 28"/71cm inseam, so I really do need a low bike, but not a cruiser) Japanese made (better build quality?) No fairings to cry over when I drop the bike Feels a bit more comfortable to me after I sat on it for a bit Cons $$$$$$$$$$$ (if I go with the CB400, I'll probably buy used, but they still cost more than a 300R brand new) Higher maintenance costs (4x spark plugs, V-Tec, etc.) Slightly less fuel efficient CBR300R Pros $$$ not as expensive Lower maintenance costs (probably a bit easier to maintain too) More fuel efficient Comprehensive insurance much cheaper, but a bigger fraction of the cost of the bike (I'm 20 this year, so the premium won't reach reasonable levels for a good long while) Lighter (again, I'm small) Cons Thai made... Fairings Might get bored with it (I'm not a hoon though) Need to get it lowered just a bit I haven't mentioned the Ninjas because I'm not too fond of the styling on them - a bit too aggressive for my taste. Please feel free to recommend some other bikes for me if you feel my reasoning isn't quite right. I haven't really considered bikes with higher displacement because the insurance premiums will just get too expensive, and the seats will get too high. I would also prefer the bike to have ABS, just as a safety net. That being said, I will absolutely take time to practice proper braking, so I could probably live without it. Aaaand someone will tell me I'm overthinking this, judging by the length of this post. Anyhoo, thanks for your help!