So I got my first bike on the weekend, after having my learners for the past 4 years and not sitting on a bike once! I am a long term car club guy and I love forced induction imports. It is getting crazy expensive to park and drive into the city every day so I thought it was about time I got a bike I went out a couple of weeks ago and did Q-Ride beginners course at Brookside QLD with Ridesmart. We were stuck on crappy Honda 125e's that I felt rather unsteady on but I still loved it. So this weekend I bit the bullet after doing lots of research on different LAMS bikes I had the following criteria - Must be comfortable for a big rider - im 193cm and 110kg - Must be a bit sporty for the twisties - Has to be comfortable for day to day commuting, no crazy forward lean and crazy high rear pegs - Priced between 6-9k ride away I had a few different options that I looked at .... I Was super paranoid of dropping a bike test riding at the dealer so I just went and sat on a bunch and didn't do any test riding Hyosung GT650 - comfortable to sit on but couldn't get past the stories of average build quality Ninja 300 - I felt like I was sitting on a kids bike Yamaha MT-07 - I loved this one but a bit out of my budget I settled with a Honda CBR500R ABS, had a super comfortable seating position for commuting with sport bike looks. A Few people were telling me to stay away from the ABS model ( experienced riders) saying how it actually increases braking distance, but for my piece of mind being a noob rider I wanted to be able to panic and grab a fist full of brake and know the bike will stop! I Actually ended up buying it without test riding it ( see above paranoia ) I have had the bike 5 days now and absolutely love it, I don't regret anything about picking this model. Even after 5 days I have lost 2/3 of my nervousness about riding around. I know have so much to learn, I don't have any close friends who ride bikes so I am going to come to a few meets and see what I can learn. Its great riding around and seeing other riders give you a nod or a wave, half the time im too slow to return but I do smile inside my helmet every time!