hi guys, I'm new and trying to learn about riding. I've managed to get my Ls, but no bike yet, mainly due money reasons (self employed, and this year has been slow..). Just when I think I know what I think I want - I learn a bit more and have to change my plan.. I liked the idea of Jamaha XVS 650 cruiser (converted to bobber), but as my finances were getting slower- $9.5K seemed further and further away from reality... And then a couple of people told me - don't get an expensive bike for learning, get something really basic for around $2K, learn, and then you'll know what you like and what you don't. Thought that was a better idea. Another issue is though I'm not super tall, I'm 6ft / 180cm, long legs, 83kg. Sitting on CBR250 in a shop felt a bit crammed. So I decided I shouldn't get a small bike. So my plan now - trying to aim for a bike thats: - cheap ($2-3K) - not small / ok for my height/legs - on the safer side, (if possible?) - good resale value ideally Sounds like a few bikes that people mentioned that might suit taller riders are: DRZ400, DR650, klr650, xr400, CB400, gt250, gt650, wr450. I like the idea of dual sport, though I don't plan going off road, I just like that you sit high on the road, and they seem to be pretty tough built. DRZ400 looks pretty good, but they seem to start from $4K or so. Around 400cc would be good also, to keep insurance costs down. Another thing - I don't have a garage, so will be parking on the street (Manly Vale, Northern Beaches Sydney). Will probably use a cover. I heard that DRZ400 motard is the most stolen bike in Sydney... So - would love to know people's opinions - Any suggestions for cheap, reliable bike for learning/LAMS for a taller person? Or should I post my question in a different part of the forum? thanks guys, looking forward to learn more, and hopefully get out there riding soon.