Hey all, New here, & as the title to this thread states, I'm looking for a bike this weekend. Gonna be looking at a few private sales & also cruising the big wigs to get comparisons. There's not really much choice in the ACT for bikes at the mo (well, not moderately priced L bikes at least!). I'm realllly keen to get a bike _now_ because my Ls are going to expire pretty soon & I'd like to get some practice under my belt & progress to Ps before that happens. So fingers crossed for me please. I'm female, under 60kgs & 5'6" (or 165-166cms), so am looking for a relatively light & small bike. (If you have any pickup lines, keep them to yourself thanks. ) I worry about not being able to reach the ground in an emergency (ie. I panic). (edit: i realise that reaching the ground in an emergency won't really help me at all, but it will at least give me a false peace of mind & stop me from panicking more.. heheh) The bikes that I'm hoping to look at are Suzuki GN250, Suzuki Across (GSX250) and Honda Spada. I think I'm looking at some ok bikes that will hopefully suit me (not too powerful, even if meeting the L standards). I wanted to spend under $2K but with the ACT market the way it is, looks like I'm looking a bit more upmarket than I was expecting! Ah well.. at least I'm looking, eh? I'm keener on a bike that's more a POS than slick & sexy because I don't even know if I like riding yet. Don't even know if I'll like a more upright bike or more agressive position.. Don't know much! But I'm gonna learn, dammit! I'm keen to go out for some 'joy rides'.. just some casual cruising with a couple of mates, seems to be the most appealing thing to me (as a current non-rider at least), alongside low fuel consumption. Anyhoo, wish me luck.. I'll post back early next week with news. Hopefully, I might even have a bike! Essay over, take it easy.