Hey all! I live in W.A. and just recently got my restricted licence! Getting the licence was one of the best things I have ever done. I just spent the last hour or two browsing through the vast information available on these boards... Basically I am looking at a number of =<250cc bikes such as the GPX250, CBR250RR, NSR150SP, VTR250, FZR250, Suzuki Across and so on... I won't go into the 2stroke/4stroke debate... I think I would personally prefer a 4stroke myself from the stuff that I have read here and elsewhere... but that NSR looks tasty. Before I ask a few questions here is a few things I will be using the bike for: - I go to uni, so I will be commuting with the bike there 5 times a week, ~50km trip there and back home, - Fun rides with friends and such.. never been on one so I don't really know what to expect! - Getting around everywhere else... not planning on doing any hardcore touring or anything like that but perhaps a few day long rides somewhere A couple of questions 1) I live in W.A. and so far have not been able to come across a CBR250RR that is under 6000 bucks and in average condition! All the CBRs seem to be over east! This is the main bike that I am looking at getting though I don't want to spend more than $5000... so any tips? What about buying and getting a bike shipped over here to W.A. from over east? There are quite a few decent CBRs that are around $4000-$4500... thoughts appreciated. 2) What sort of mileage can I expect from these bikes just going to uni and back 3) Will these bikes cope well with trips on the freeway (the NSR150 probably not so well) While I am writing this post I also want to ask this question even though it should probably be in a different thread... I have organised to go buy some gear with a few friends tomorrow, like a helmet and jacket and such... we looked at the stuff we wanted last week and I am basically aiming to spend $1000 or less on all the stuff. So here is what I was thinking Helmet: Nitro N800V... $300 or so... maybe $250 with the discount. Jacket: Alpinestars Textile...$500... perhaps $400 with a discount Jeans: Draggin' Jeans... ~$200 I think I will be able to afford to buy gloves with the left over money... maybe even some boots. The Nitro fits my head the best but is obviously of lower quality than the $500 AGV's I was originally looking at! I was hoping if any of you would be able to comment on the Nitro's venting as I haven't been able to test it on a bike! What about the visor sealing, does it seal well? And what is a wind deflector? So basically to sum it all up I want to buy a CBR250RR (and probably planning to keep it up to two years) but there just does not seem to be many over here at a good price or in good shape! Comments on the Nitro helmet venting and visor seal are appreciated! Oh and one more thing are the textile jackets waterproof? Haha, stupid question but I really don't know . Thanks in advance! P.S. Sorry for the long post as I do not have a pc with internet access at home at the moment so I thought it would be best to just cover it here in one post!