Howdy, this is my first post here (heading to "introduce myself" forum after this post)... I have a dilemma regarding CBR250RR's. I've had my heart set on one as my first bike for several months, and I was prepared to pay up to about 7 grand for one. That is, until the bloke who is giving me rider training mentioned they have one for sale in their garage for 3.5. Then he went on to explain how gray imports can be basically a heap of poo before they are given a nice paint job and shipped over. I have also heard that they can be made up of parts that are mixed and matched off various bikes (presumably write offs?). The 3.5 bike has factory paint, i'm told is in good nick, has been in Aus for 5+ years, and I will probably get the chance to test ride it on monday provided that no1 else buys it first, and I complete the rider training that day (fingers crossed!). Besides the paint (which looks clean just not jazzy), the bike had around 75000 k's on it. Compare that to 10 - 25,000 that i've seen on the grays. Another sticking point is he pointed out that Japan is a small country, and even when the bikes have low k's, they have probably being running for just as long, just that heavy traffic dictates that they don't go very far quickly. Whereas in Aus, 70,000 k's is better for the engine in the sense that probably alot of that has been done on fast open roads. Picking up a bike for 3.5 grand means that I could get the paintjob done myself for about a grand, fixed up any niggles (if there are any) and still be 2 or 3 grand better off! So the real question is, how much of a factor are k's? For a first bike, if I can get a solid bike, ride it for 12-24 months, and sell it for similar value i'm a happy camper.