For anyone considering buying a GT250R, I thought I would give you my opinions of the bike. This is my third motorbike and I have been riding for 5 years. I purchased it for $3500 with extremely low k's. The good - -Tracks well through corners. -Large and comfortable bike, extra good for big guy. -Build quality is good enough. -Plenty of power and tourqe all through the rev range (for a 250) -The torque and sound of the 2 cylinder is great. -Great range and fuel economy. -Twin discs mean braking is excellent (with good pads) - Good tyres and pads make a huge difference to the bike. The Bad. -Headlight is next to useless. -A little bumpy when cruising at 100...I am guessing stiff suspension? -Quality of anodised finish on wheels is really rough, and collects chain grit. -The large 'tank between your legs' seating position, makes it hard to shift weight on the bike. (mayby I am just not as agile as I used to be -Not super flickable, but tracks well. Overall I am really happy with it. I wouldn't say it is a good learners bike as I feel it is a genuine sports bike and not as stable, or flickable as some other learner bikes. If you learnt to ride on this then I think you might struggle with some evasive measures. I have more than enough power. I do not want to lose my license (again) or my life. That said, due to its size it would be a great bike to progress onto something bigger. When I picked up the bike, there were a few niggly issues but I fixed em no worries. If you can't fix, and perform preventative maintenance on your own bike I may also not suggest this bike. Then again, I probably wouldn't suggest any bike if you can't do that. I would definately consider another Hyo as my next bike.