Hey all, New cranky old rider from Brisbane seeks wisdom... The ancient car's died and I can't justify the purchase price & rego cost of a car that's basically just going to be used for the 10 minute run to the train station & back each day. Add to that the insane prices that Translink charge for the privilege of their 'service', and that parking for motorcycles, even in the CBD, is cheaper than the train. Not to mention the limited utility and limitless impracticality of just moving around the city via PT... Oh, it all just piles up and spells out "Buy A Bike, Already!". Something 'practical' - primarily a day-to-day, all-weather commuter. 20km of hilly and fairly congested roads, 10-15 of that on a highway that is signposted from 80 to 100 at various stages, but in the mornings chugs along at about 30kmh, but the evening tends towards Mach 1 or 2 due to frustrated maniacs. Fairly low maintenance, because I'm lazy. Very lazy. Needs luggage space, enough to leave gym & boxing gear strapped on, or stop off at the shops, or throw a 70L backpack on the back and head for a National Park for the weekend. If there's a trade-off between "comfort" and "speed", I'll lean towards comfort. If there's a trade-off between 'bass' and 'treble', I'll opt for bass. Oh, and it has to be a LAMS bike now, but I don't want to 'outgrow' the bike in 6-12 months. Budget maxes out at about 7k - 2nd hand, demo, or new, it's all good. Which, given what's offered in the LAMS market these days, doesn't make a choice much easier. So, instead of asking "Bike A or Bike B or Bike C" - how about this: Of the bike "types", the 'classic' (think 1973 R65/5 or the retro-cool Ducati Scrambler) and the 'cruiser/chopper' (think Victory Gunner or H-D 883) are the two that really appeal. Then your modern naked bikes, followed by sports and supersports. The old knees cringe a bit. Talk me out of a Suzuki Boulevard S40. Single-cylinder, 652cc, and a belt drive: Seems pretty low maintenance. It's got that classic thumper sound. Engine puts out 23kW, 50Nm which doesn't seem likely to tear anybody's arms off, but enough for the highway. At 173kg wet, it's very light and easy to chuck around. It's a cruiser, so very relaxed. The only downside is the tiny 10L fuel tank, which is barely enough for 200km. Enough for a tank to last for a week of commuting+. One the upside, it's like an enforced break every 2 hours or so of a distance ride, which is nice. Put two 10L fuel bladders in the saddlebags, no worries. It seems to tick the boxes, but am I missing something? Is there something else to consider?