As some of you may know, I'm currently looking for a bike (first bike, woo hoo!). Budget isn't really fantastic, cheap is good. I really like the cruiser look, have my opens and really like the bigger cc's, have ridden all of 3 bikes - CB250, BMW F650C, Honda VT750 Shadow. Anyway, so yes, really like big bikes, but budget being rather restrictive at the moment, I am planning on buying a cheaper smaller bike for now to get me by for a year or two, and to learn the things that they don't teach you at QRide and get more experience so that hopefully when I do win a lottery and buy a bigger better bike I'll have less chances of dropping it or doing something silly simply because I didn't know any better. Was looking at XV250 Virago's... And then discovered that someone at my workplace is selling an '85 Honda CBX250. Has anyone ridden one of these? If so, any opinions? Are they reliable? Expensive to upkeep? It's expected to be asking $1750, accepting offers for less, on the road and ready to go. Currently getting tidied up for RWC. Odometer shows 34000k's, he thinks it could be 134000k's considering the age of the bike. Tyres, chain, brakes all ok, fork seals done recently. Engine doesn't appear to have been rebuilt, but I'm told it runs well. There is a crack on the screen, but you don't look through the screen anyway. New screen quoted at $120. Looks alright in the photos... Any opinions? I guess the thing I find attractive about the bike is that it's quite cheap, where's most Virago's around here seem to go for at least $3K. Newer nicer looking bike though... But as a first sort of learner bike, I suppose I shouldn't be overly concerned about what the bike looks like, as long as it gets me places and teaches me the things I need to know when I get on to bigger and better things? Leaves me more money to buy nicer gear too..