G'day guys, First post here, but have been reading for many months in the lead-up to getting my first bike. First of all, let me say a big thanks to everyone on here - the information and knowledge I have picked up is fantastic. Now, onto business. I've been looking and looking and looking for months, but the bike choices here in QLD are pretty slim. I've narrowed it down to 2 bikes, and I thought I'd get everyone's opinion of which they thought was the better first bike. I'd be using the bike to get to work and back, along with heading out on the weekends into the mountains and taking for the occasional coastal trip on the highway. 1999 VTR250 Black, 47,000 k's. $4300 Pros: - Looks to be in good nick, although fairly old. - Comes with a heap of gear (2 helmets, jacket, windscreen, luggage case, tank bag, disc locks) - Brand new tyres are being put on for the buyer. - Major service at 40,000k's, oil changed at 46,000k's - Nice and zippy for getting to work and the mountian roads - Have always wanted one of these. Cons: - Only 2 months rego left - Although fun, could outgrow it in a year or so. - Price not negotiable - expensive for an almost 11yr old bike, even a VTR - Highway performance questionable? 2001 Suzuki GS500 Blue & Silver, 20,000 k's $3750 Pros: - Bigger bike will hopefully keep me entertained for longer - Low k's for the year - should last longer - Mechanically in good condition - Price negotiable (I'd try for $3500) - much better price. - 6 months rego left - Better for highway riding Cons: - Model has been known to have rust & cold start issues - No gear included - Not as good looking Fire away guys, what do we reckon? Assuming both are in sound mechanical condition, ss one of these much more obviously the better choice here? I'm going to have a look and sit on both of them this weekend, but can't take for a test ride as I've got no idea what the hell i'm doing yet, and my biker mate can't test them until next weekend, but I don't expect either bike to last until then. Cheers!