After hours of reading and stuffing about on the net I have finally ridden a motorbike as opposed to just thinking about riding one. My brother in law took me down to an old industrial estate behind the airport and I zipped around for a while on my sister's zzr250. Bearing in mind there was no traffic about, I was surprised by how easy it was to handle the gears, etc. I thought my first ride would involve my stalling and kangaroo hopping around at 10km/h. After about 15 minutes I was happily zipping about at the speed limit and trying to do slaloms and low speed uturns in the carpark. Managed to stall it a couple of times taking off but never had any trouble once I was on the move. Anyway, my sister wants to move on to a cruiser and they've offered to sell me the zzr250 for $2000. It's a 1992 with 30000km. In my head I'd budgeted up to $5000 for a bike and I was probably talking myself into getting a cbr250rr. But I'm thinking the zzr250 is a much more practical decision - it's been dropped a couple of times so it's got a few scratches but it's in good mechanical condition. Newish battery, tyres are fine, few months rego. It's the first bike I've ever ridden so I can't compare it to anything but everything felt comfortable and easy to handle. The extra $3000 could go on nicer safety gear and make a start towards a 600 in a year's time. This seems like a reasonable idea doesn't it?