Hi everyone, I havent posted here for a while, busy with uni but I finally got my first non LAMS bike and I just took it for a spin so had to share.. This is the first unrestricted bike I've ridden, I was a bit apprehensive at first because I've watched too many videos of silly people turning the throttle and inadvertently wheeling new bikes into a crash, but it was actually quite easy to ride compared to my KLX 250sf. The throttle response is very smooth and linear and in no way scary, I was worried that because of the mass of it (230kg vs my KLX ~140kg) I may have issues braking smoothly at the lights but it was actually very easy and made my KLX front brake seem really grabby and inferior. I just took it super easy around my neighbourhood the trickiest thing is going to be getting used to how the engine sounds for rev matching on down shifts and the bigger turning circle, especially on the slow tight turns. Only took it up to 60 kph zone but getting there was sooo much fun! I finally got that grin on my face that you guys always talk about WHY I CHOSE THIS BIKE My original list and reasons for exclusion are as follows- Ducati Monster 796 - too expensive KTM Duke 690 - sat on one and it felt too small (im 169cm 65 kg female but still I have pic with me on it and my friend agreed it looked small), didnt like the look in person. Ducati Streetfighter - Too expensive, not totally sold on look Ducati Hypermotard 796 - too expensive, wide mirrors apparently a pain when filtering. didnt want another small fuel range tank. Ducati S2R 800 - Soo nearly got this,they make really good looking cafe racers. Thing was only one in my price range was an 05 model and i heard they had tank expansion problems and the timing belt had to be changed every 2 years or it would f*ck the engine. Could have learnt how to do it but dont have time when uni is on. Needed something more bulletproof. Motorcycle is my primary vehicle. I dont own a car because i would never drive it as i live in the inner north and it would be a waste of time and money driving to city for work and Hawthorn for uni, so I figured a 4 cylinder bike would be able to put many ks on it and the power would be just right so i dont get bored of it for years to come, the bike has abs and a good sized tank so i can do long trips comfortably. This bike gives me more bang for my buck and looks damn fine too. See you on the road!