I am looking for a first bike, it's quite confusing sorting through the plethora of options, so I thought I'd throw my thoughts out there and see what people think. My Background: I am 178cm (+- 5’8”) and 85kg. I have limited experience tearing around a farm on a small dirt bike. I want to buy a bike for commuting/a bit of fun. I also want to keep the bike beyond my L’s, and so am willing to invest a bit more $ into it if need be. I’d like to buy second hand, nearly new (< 3years old, <7000km). The bike must conform to LAMS. Because I’m not going to buy for another 6 months or so, I have plenty of time to research and have a number of bikes on my shortlist. The next step of course will be to go into the dealers and have a look, and sit on the bikes and so on. Disclaimer: My opinion is based solely on my own research, i.e. reading reviews and forums, I have not sat on or ridden any of these bikes. If you think you know better than me, you probably do. Also, as far as looks go, they're relative, and are of course based purely on my own opinion and taste. I’ll start with bikes that I have ruled out. Bikes that didn't make the grade Hyosung GT250R. A great looking bike, I like the fact that it has EFI, but I’ve read too many posts about dodgy quality. This bike has been struck from my list. Honda CBR250RR. Nice looking bike, but I don’t need or want a pocket rocket. And now for the bikes that I am considering. I think all of them are good bikes, but it’s just so hard to choose. I'm not so interested in bigger bikes that had reprogrammed ECUs for LAMS (eg Ninja 650 RL ABS) as they’re expensive, and what’s the point of a bigger engine that you can’t use? However I could be talked around. The Shortlist Suzuki DRZ-400SM. This bike is the odd ball on this list. I like that it’s super light at 146kg, very manoeuvrable and highly versatile. From what I’ve read, this bike is about the most fun on two wheels. However, I’m concerned that at my height of 178cm, the 890mm seat height may be a bit high. Also, I’m not sure how the bike would go on the highway, the single cylinder may be a bit buzzy, and the dirt oriented seat a bit uncomfortable. Also, this bike is ugly. Honda CB400. I really like this bike, with its 4 cylinder, EFI, VTec variable valve timing etc. If this was cheaper it would be number one on this list. Suzuki GS500F. This seems to be a good, reliable bike, good for freeway riding, and commuting, and cheap to maintain. Not the sportiest bike around, but a solid performer. The looks are unconvincing; I don’t like the front headlight, I think the Kawasaki Ninja 250R is much better looking. Ninja 250R. This seems like a really great bike, and for quite a while this was on top of my list, I like it for its solid reliability & build quality, great looks, full fairing, price, 6 speed transmission. Honda VTR250. This is a great looking bike, and from all reviews, is reliable, efficient, handles well, cheap to maintain and importantly, is easy to ride. This bike seems to be the best all rounder. Have I missed any other obvious choices?