About six months ago, after getting my unrestricted license, I sold my Honda CD250 for $1400 and went hunting for my first big bike. I wanted to get something in the 400-600cc range, preferably a twin or a single, something with a bit more power than my 250, but something that was still light and easy to maneuver in heavy traffic, as I commute every day. Then I saw an ad for an ex-police Yamaha XJ-750 for $900. It was a 750cc inline four, with about 83 hp when new and with a wet weight of about 250 kg (100 kg more than my 250). It was basically the opposite of what I was looking for, but I fell in love with it and bought it anyway. It needed a fair bit of work. It was running and licensed (thank fuck we don't have roadworthy inspections in WA, but the paint was rubbish (a few dodgy white paintjobs on top of each other), it was running like shit, the fork seals were gone and the valve clearances needed doing (shim over bucket). It was also missing the cop fairing and cop panniers, although it still had the very cool calibrated digital cop speedo (or Yamaha police meter as it says on the label).