First off, hi everyone! I'm new here. Anyhoo... I'm completely inexperienced with motorbikes, bar scooters and postie bikes. I will have to find someone with a paddock to practice in because I've never even used a clutch on a bike. I ride my bicycle nearly everywhere though, so I might have an advantage with riding like everyone's-out-to-get-me, and with balance and leaning, perhaps. I digress. I'm considering a second-hand Kawasaki KLR650 or an older Honda 650 Transalp, but if I want "which bike?" advice I'll make a new one to avoid confusion. Just to give you an idea of the bikes. I really want a dual sport bike, but I'm a bit concerned about a few things: 1. They are tall. My bicycle is tall too, but it weighs 12kg. I'm 6' tall. 2. A mate who is pretty new to bikes recommends against anything bigger than a 250. He rode a 250cc crotch rocket of some variety though, and said he nearly crapped himself when he got on a 400. On the other hand, I compared the power-to-weight ratio for a Honda CBR250 to a KLR650 and the CBR was higher. Does this really mean that a dual sport has less of the "oh s**t!" factor? 3a. Once I've had my Ps for a year I'd like to take my GF for rides. Maybe even do some overnight trips (or longer!) when I'm more experienced. Which means luggage. She's not small, so with an 80kg me, and a 65kg her, and 20kg of luggage, is a 650 going to be rendered useless? 3b. My GF is 5'2". How the hell will she get on the thing? Is it workable? My bikie workmate said I should get a cruiser, but he's biased as he rides a Harley Softail. I can see the logic though. Thanks in advance for any advice. Edit: damnit, I can't edit the title of the thread. "A-P-P-R-O-P-R-I-A-T-E".