Hello Guys, I have just joined the forum and spent the public holiday at work (yes they made us do it!) reading through the First Timers forum with all the info and guides for noobs and how to learn to ride and survive. It did make me think a lot more about getting a bike and what is involved with it. I still have some general questions. Unfortunately, going to my local bike shop has not answered much. They seem to be selling what needs to be sold and playing mind games. Being in sales myself I don't really buy into it and see through it, so I have come here for some honest opinions. The first is I guess some background. I have been around cars since I was a kid. My dad was racing back in the day and I learned to drive on a race track. I know most ins and outs and my way around the car as well as how to drive it. A bike on another note, i know jack about. All my knowledge is out the window and I am a total noob. My first concern was new vs used. I think I have set my mind on used, being cheaper and easier option for bumps and drops, which will happen sooner than later. Now with a car i know what signs to look for when it is a used one. Some will apply for a bike too. Symmetry, scratches and dents, welding marks and joints and so on. As far as I have read services are done every 6 months (minor) might be able to figure out how to do myself (eventually) and then we have major at 1K kms and every 6k kms. So an obvious choice would be to check if major service is done or not and not buy a bike that is close to needing one? I am not quite sure how to check tyre quality on a used bike and what is good and what is not. If I am looking at a bike from 2011 onwards, how many KMs would be reasonable? I am not looking for a bike as a daily run, more of a fun run on the weekend. Due to my job i do need to be in a car at all other times. The next question is about brand and type. I am quite set on the Super Sport look and feel. One of my concerns is the height and size of the bike. I am almost 190cm in height (6ft 2) and that pretty much rules out the ninjas and some of the smaller bikes. I am also tossing between 250 vs 500 vs 659. Walking into a Ducatti Dealership and seeing the Ducatti Monster 659 is definitely appealing. The sales person was really keen on getting me on there with the regular comments about buying a bike and not having to upgrade in a year but rather lasting a long time and so on. Which brings me to the next question and narrowing down between Models. They were also talking about these being limited to be LAMS approved and as far as i can understand having a restricted bike is not very fun since it is not originally designed to operate at those power levels. Honda CBR250 ABS vs Honda CBR500 ABS and Hyosung GT250R and Hyosung GT650R. All the above bikes seem great. Ride height should suit my body height and weight balance should be good for my overall size. I sat on my friends CBR500 and it felt great (unlike my neighbours Ninja 250 that I was standing over with a 15cm gap between my butt and the seat. Should a first time rider and I mean I have not ever ridden a bike (I have been on scooters when I was a kid (in europe there arent many laws against scooters (14+ can ride them), but I dont count them as having experience), be on a 500cc+? Physical size between the above models is virtually not existent so I am leaning towards the 250cc range, cheaper and easier to learn on for a beginner? Are the many issues with the CBR250 or the GT250? I have read the reviews and both seem to have their pros and cons. I have decided I would like to keep it under $4000 (lower if possible) as I am not sure how much I will ride the bike and it is more for fun rather than a daily run. It does seem that the CBR is a smaller bike and may not be as good fit as the GT. GT is also a cheaper version of the two. In saying that, I have heard Hyosung are not the best at making bikes, but some have it and love it. Would there be any other brand suggestions? The rego and insurance is very similar to a car and does not seem to have much of a saving (when compared to a car aside from lower fuel costs). Would you guys recommend a full insurance or a third party? I mean if I have a $3000 bike is it worth spending $700 on insurance per year? Between the Hyosung and Honda, is one more expensive than the other to service/repair? How often would you need to replace tyres and what costs would that incur? Sorry for the million questions. I have another million but I am trying to find out as much info as possible. Thank you!