Hey everyone, Name's Leah, I'm in Adelaide. I got my L's a couple months ago. Looking very slowly for a bike. As most people, I'm having a hard time with the family. My mum and dad are not loving the idea, but have said I should do what I want, and are happy i waited till i got a few years driving experience under my belt (i'm 24). My brother on the other hand (who i live with) went absolutely mental, saying he'd never speak to me again, would slash my tyres every morning, and lots more...the barrage of protest went on for over an hour. I never saw him react this way about anything so i was a bit shocked and put off buying one for a while. Good news is he's moving to Darwin soon.... So i'm on the prowl for my very own ride I've looked at Honda CBR125 (worried i'll 'outgrow' it & lack of power??) Honda CBR250 (or R or RR .... difference ????) Kawasaki ZZR250 (dont particularly like the look) Intend to look at Honda CB 250F Honda RVF 400 Honda Spada Kawasaki GPX 250 Kawasaki ZXR 250 Suzuki GSX R250 Yamaha FZR 250RR But finding it hard to find some of these in Adelaide. Also being a really new learner I can't test ride any of them. I've found out about most of these models from sumoto and a rider friend says basically there's a reason you don't see many of them on the road (not suitable for learners or not good qual). Also.....I have picked up on the general opinion of sumoto....... :wink: SO.......just to complete the pic i'm a 5'7 24yr old chick trying to find a bike that would be easy enough to learn on, not too expensive (up to around 3 or 4g) I have been reading this forum for days and have picked up some excellent advice. Ie no fairings for beginners (i know some of my suggestions do tho), spend time driving round parking lots, quiet back streets, how to lift a fallen bike, costs involved and loads more. I understand it's mostly about personal choice, but i'd really like everyones opinion, so i'm not getting a biased view (from my one biker mate). Also, any riding courses or practice sessions or what not available in adelaide??? Have only heard of them being interstate so far. Cheers, Leah On a side note, doing that L's course has made me a much better driver overall. Pro-active as opposed to re-active, and more considerate. I reckon some of the skills taught should be taught when going for car licence!