So. Same old story. I’m looking for a new bike as my sport bike is destroying my already wrecked back, neck and wrists (for a 27 year old I’m falling apart at a rapid rate). I’ll be moving to the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney soon, and commuting to my job in North Sydney so I think I’ll be going bike only for a while as traffic is miserable. My requirements are: fun, comfy to ride, stylish and ready to go straight from the dealer (no mods needed, i.e. suspension, tune etc). Cheaper purchase price & insurance, running costs are also factored into the cost to benefit ratio. I will need the bike to get to work, gym, home and site meetings for my job where I need to turn up presentable so storage is a highly rated commodity (happy to add soft or hard aftermarket panniers and top box). I’ll also be taking the bike for a scratch on the weekend, and I have recently been interested in adventure style riding and going off the beaten track to have an explore but that’s not a necessity. I am 5’10”, pretty built at 110kg in gear and been riding for about 2 years. I’ve ridden: MT-09- Great engine but no real connection XSR900- Not a fan. No front end feel, plus the looks didn’t really do anything for me MT-07 HO- Way too small, it felt like I was riding a pushbike with an engine Street Triple- Yeah, nice bike but no real connection Z1000- Too rev happy, need to wring it out to get real torque. Ugly as sin Ducati Monster 821- Come to daddy! I’m looking into: F800GS- Good storage, can do dirt roads and light adventuring etc. High seating position plus enough power) WR250R (with supermoto conversion, and yes this is kind of against my straight out of the box requirement, but I can handle a wrench for the swap over of the wheels etc... with maybe only a temper tantrum or two). Road wheels for weekdays, knobbies for a bit of a weekend blat. I can add soft kriega panniers for storage if needed. GSXS1000- Love my ‘zooks and this was comfy enough to sit on at the dealer, might be a bit of a waste of power for my requirements.. and can my licence handle this beast? I absolutely ADORED the Monster on the short test ride I had it for. The sound, the torque, the looks... oh sweet Jesus its beautiful. The high purchase price, higher running costs, insurance, servicing kind of turn me off it. The WR250R is pretty highly rated as a supermoto for the fun factor, plus the cheap purchase price, cheap insurance all kind of leads me towards this. Any experiences with these bikes, being in a similar situation to myself? Any help is appreciated.