Hey all, Its finally bike time! I got my L's in St Ives a few's ago and have saved up enough cash to put into a bike. I have been lurking these forums for the past few months and have JUST about settled on a GS500. I can get a good one in my current price range (5-6K) and they seem to be an good all round, reliable, fun ride. First question, other then the appearance, how does the fairing effect this bike? I honestly cant decide which one i like the look of more. Im guessing the fairing makes the bike more aerodynamic? But also i've heard dropping a bike with fairing can be quite an expensive experience. Second question, am i stupid to not be buying a new CBR250/Ninja 250. For around the 6K mark new, is this just too good value to ignore? I have also noticed that recently Suzuki has waived the 'On Road Costs' on their GS500's. This being my first vehicle purchase, i'm not too sure exactly how much of a saving this is...?/what additional costs are associated with buying a used bike? Hopefully i can get some opinions from you guys and get on a bike ASAP Ian ** Other possibly important info. Im 20yrs old, 180cm, 75KG, will be using this bike to commute around Sydney and eventually, go for nice 'relaxed' rides on some open roads outside of sydney.