I will be buying a first bike towards the end of April. My only non-negotiable requirement is that it has ABS. That thins the field (perhaps too much, but it's what I've decided). The other major factor is my expected pattern of use, which will be primarily for long trips. Once I'm comfortable with the bike (however long that takes), I'll be doing 2 day camping trips (light, not much gear, all on-road), as well as travelling between the Northern NSW and Melbourne every few weeks (with no great rush -- 3 days would be OK). In an ideal world, from what I know of the market so far, I'd probably get something like a Honda CB500X, or perhaps a CB400 w/ABS. But I'm not 100% sure I want to spend the $8000-odd that would take. Wondering if it might be better to get something smaller and cheaper initially, with a view to trading up within my learner/P period if I felt the need. There's not much to choose from with smaller bikes though. Ninja 300 ABS perhaps - I don't really favour the sport bike style, but they seem well-regarded, economical, and practical. I don't have a precise budget exactly. I could do $8.5k, but would prefer $4.5k. One further limitation is that where I live (Northern Rivers) there aren't a huge number of used bikes around. Lots of Ninjas, but only the odd CB400. I could go over the border to Queensland, but would rather avoid the rego transfer mess if possible. So I have two questions: - given the limitations above, are there any other models I should be having a look at? - is the idea of doing long trips on a 250 or 300 silly? I realise it's not the obvious or perfect choice, but would it be a manageable option initially? Thanks.