So I have this newly minted unrestricted license, a budget of around $17,000 on road and I need to find some bikes to ride. I'm still a new rider so I'm looking for a bike that's fairly predictable and easy to handle. I'd like to be able to take a pillion, but this will be more of an occasional thing, no more than a few hours in a day. I'm not interested in cruisers, I had one on my Ls and am glad to be waving it good-bye. I won't be commuting on the bike (work from home and need a car to carry stuff) and I won't be touring either (my wife would throttle me if I abandoned her with the kids on a trip) so it's mainly for taking day trips around the district (Albury, Bright, Corryong, Tawonga). I rode the Ducati Monster S2R 800 the other day and loved it, but I'm not solely interested in a naked. I'm also planning to ride the Triumph Daytona 675 and the BMW F800 ST and perhaps the Buell Lightning CityX. What other bikes would people consider adding to the list?