So I finally bought a bike, after tossing up which one to get for so long. It's a Honda CBF250, black, 2008 model with about 6000km on the clock. I basically went through loads of bikes in my decision process: CB400, Gladius, Er6nL, GSX650F - all around $10k and HEAVY RS125/Mito - really wanted one, but lack of low end power, 2T quirks and once again, around $10k Various motards - once again, all around $10k GS500(F) - bit heavy, more than I wanted to spend new, and 2nd hand was either cheap or good, not both. CBR250RR - all seemed to be the wrong side of $5000 for a 20-30 year old bike with a LOT of km CBR125R - too small GT250 EFI - looked pretty good to me, but they are ripped on so much around here I didn't want to buy one and be disappointed or have problems, as well as lose a lot of money on resale Ninja 250R - Pretty bike, but I was scared of spending $8k and dropping it GPX250 - Don't like the look VTR250 - I know this is a better bike than the CBF, but models of the same year, km and condition seemed to be 2x the price of the CBF, so I couldn't justify it, let alone a brand new one which has gone up in price significantly since before it was discontinued. So all in all, I'm pretty happy with the CBF250 as it's nice and light, and because I didn't buy new I won't lose as much when I upgrade. Also, because I'd only ever ridden a bicycle, a 250cc has a shiteload better acceleration than I'm used to on 2 wheels, so I'm not disappointed that I didn't get the VTR or Ninja. The saved money on this first bike can (eventually) go toward an upgrade bike such as a Hornet or Ducati Monster 696 which I'm already dreaming about So far I've just been practising in the street, but I'm going to get onto QRide and get my RE licence once I get a bit better (read: less embarrassingly bad), so that I can hopefully be above average in the class. Excuse the crappy garage photo, I've spent more time riding it than photographing it. It's hardly rare, so there's plenty of good pics on the net of them. That's a reflection on the tank btw, there's not a scratch on it.