New guy here (i can see some people rolling their eyes...haha)... Been lurking around the forums, but finally decided to post. I'm going for my licence in a few months, and have already started looking for a bike. This is where I need your help. What I am after...well...I basically want a: reliable bike - something I wont need to spend money on constantly NOT an import nothing too old 4 stroke, 250cc - have heard stories of power bands kicking in on Aprillia's and scaring the sh*t out of people who have only been riding for a few months I _like_ bikes with fairings better, but I'm open minded. SO far...I hav these in mind. Honda VTR250 Kawasaki GPX 250/ZZR250 CBR250RR oh and those Spadas are beautiful bikes. I had no idea they were so old! Im 5'11, so i WOULD prefer a smaller bike, and something easy to handle, I am afterall only a learner, so speed does not concern me. (and thats why I also don't want a 2 stroke 125, or 250), eventhough the Cogiva is HOT! So yeah...pitty...coz I find the Aprillia, the Cogiva, and the NSR to be the best _looking_ choices around. Ah well. My budget for the bike, itself is about $4-5000...I'll take care of the other costs too obviously. Thanks guys!