OK, first time post here, so please take it easy on me! This topic has probably been done to death, but I am after some fresh advice also. I am doing a two day HART course this week to get my learners, and I am currently looking at bikes to purchase once the licencing stuff is out of the way. I am pretty much looking at two bikes at thi sstage, the Suzuki GS500F and the Hyosung GT650R. Over the past month or two I have been doing a lot of reading of forums such as this one, reviews, etc. The GS500F sounds like it is a good bike, and I am sure it owuld do a very good job for me. The Hyosung looks really nice, has a bigger engine that I can have derestricted once I am off the restriction period (which is a big bonus), has more braking power, better size wheels in so far as being able to get better rubber later on, and it looks a bit sportier then the Suzuki. I have seen a number of articles, comments about the Hyosung, and there has obviously been some problems, but are they still affecting the 2008 model? I won't be doing thousands of km's a month on the bike, it is more for weekend riding and later on some commuting about a 90km round trip to/from work in good weather. I have no doubt that to begin with either bike will probably have ample power, handling, stopping power, etc for my use. However, in 12-18 months time, do you think the Hyosung will offer me more then the Suzuki, and if so, is it enough to make it a worthwhile purchase? I know a lot of poeple mention getting a naked bike while learning, but I have always liked the fairing on bikes so much more (just personal preference). Pretty much the only naked bike I like is the Ducati Monster. I am looking at buying both of the above brand new, unless I can find a good deal on a really good second hand bike that isn't too far away from where I live. Can anyone offer any opinions on either of the two above bikes, or any other alternatives? I am looking for a larger bike rather then a 250 as I want to be able to keep it for some time even with a full licence. If anyone has any alternative bikes I should look at then please feel free to suggest them as well. Thanks for your help.