Looking to see what is out there for a LAMS approved first bike, I have found many are asking the same questions as me. So I thought I would try and start a bit of a LAMS bike list complete with the following information: Picture Price range Years Produced Pros Cons Anything else that people think is relevant. Its a bit of a Work in Progress so I would appreciate people's input. Note, i was only interested in the fully faired models (not the bare/open headlight type), so although a lot of these models come without the full fairing, I have not included them at this point. Kawasaki ZZR 250 Price Range: $3000-$6000 (second hand), around $8000 new (might have changed with the introduction of the Ninja 250R Years Produced: 1991 - present Manufactured in: Pros: Better fairing rain protection and sportier riding position than the GPX250. Cons: Specs: 4-Stroke water cooled DOHC 8 valve parallel twin. Redlines at 14500RPM. 35hp / 27kW, 146kg, 20km/L, 170km/hr top speed. Kawasaki GPX250 Price Range: $1,600 - $6,000 Years Produced: 1988 - 2007 Manufactured in: Japan Pros: Dirt Cheap, tough. Cons: Watch out for thrashed engines. Cinder-switch is occasionally burnt out so check it when buying. Wind shears prone. Blint's 6'3" Size Test: Pass, knees fit snugly beneath the lip on the fuel tank. Specs: water cooled DOHC 16 valve parallel twin. 28kW/40HP, 140kg, 18km/L, 160km/hr Suzuki Across GSX250F Price Range: $2,500 - $5,000 Years Produced: 1990 - 1998 (??) Manufactured in: Pros: Excellent storage compartment where most put the petrol tank, 2 stage fuel warning lights before reserve. Cons: 12L fuel tank. Seat could be more comfy. No centre stand. Honda CBR250RR Price Range: $3,500-$6,500, over $7,500 for updated fairing. Years Produced: 1990-1996 Manufactured in: Japan Pros: Can be updated with aftermarket fairings, redline of 18,500RPM, 34KW (30KW 94-96) makes it one of the fastest 250cc bikes that are LAMS Legal. Cons: More pricy due to demand. No centre stand. Specs: Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC in-line 4 cylinder. 13.1L fuel tank. Honda CBR250 Price Range: Years Produced: Grey Import - never released in Australia by the Manufacturer. Still legal. Manufactured in: Pros: Cons: Honda CBR250R Price Range: Years Produced: Grey Import - never released in Australia by the Manufacturer. Still legal. Manufactured in: Pros: Cons: Hyosung GT250R Price Range: $6,690 RRP for 2008 Model (might change now the Ninja has come out) - Second Hand price ??? Years Produced: 2000's - Current Manufactured in: South Korea Pros: Cons: Build quality potential problems. TBA Hyosung GT650R(L) Price Range:$8990 RRP New, seen them around the $6K mark for a 2006 model. Years Produced: 2000's - Current Manufactured in: South Korea Pros: comes restricted to make it LAMS legal, but then can be unrestricted to unleash full potential. Means that you can hang on to your bike for longer (if Stigger's comments don't put you off). Its a great idea anyway. Cons: Build quality potential problems. TBA Suzuki GS500F Price Range: rumours of new price is $6,490 + on roads (to confirm), second hand bikes advertised from $5,500 - $7,500 Years Produced: 2000's - Current Manufactured in: Pros: Got that extra power while still being LAMS legal. Cons: Blint's 6'3" Size Test: Pass, knees fit snugly beneath the lip on the fuel tank. Kawasaki 2008 Ninja 250R Price Range: $6,490 RRP new, around $7,200 including on roads. Years Produced: 2008 - Manufactured in: Thailand Pros: Style, handling balance, brakes, power delivery. Cons: Narrow-set mirrors, vibration. Too hard to get at the moment, everyone wants one. Not been around long long to determine if any bugs, but Kawasaki's rep is much above Hyo's. Blint's 6'3" Size Test: Marginal, knees are reasonably high up on the fuel tank, so they stick out a little more than some other bikes. Probably ideal for someone below 5'10", but saying that, I dont think it would have too much of a negative impact on riding, it didnt feel uncomfortable or look rediculous. I wouldnt let it stop you buying this bike, I just about chubbed up when I saw this bike in person. Specs: 249cc, parallel twin-cylinder four-stroke with eight valves; 33bhp at 11,000rpm (redlines at 13,000rpm), 16lb ft of torque at 8,700rpm. Six-speed gearbox, chain final drive, top speed 168mph (est), average fuel consumption 3.3L/100km. Aprilia RS125 Price Range: Years Produced: Manufactured in: Italy? Pros: Good for racing Cons: Expensive to maintain. Not recommended if only want to commute between home and work.