G'day guys, I've recently got back into motorcycling after a long hiatus of 5 years. I used to have my learners which expired and I got them again a few days ago. For the past 3-4 months I've had (and still kind of am) a one track mind on the bike I want to get, and it's the bike I've always envisioned owning since I first got into motorcycling. I've done extensive amounts of reading and studying on the model of bike I want but the thing is it's not a LAMS bike. Not even close to being one. The Honda CBR 1000RR. So I have my licence now, and I am very close to purchasing. The thing is I am super worried of the obvious things, police random pull overs, those new long range plate scanners they got, void insurances etc. My girlfriend has put up some solid arguments on why I should just get a LAMS and wait the 3 years. But from my perspective 3 years is such a disastrously long time to wait. I was already riding for over a year when I last had my L's so the total amount of restricted time is going to be 4 years for me. I think my quality of life will be affected by constantly looking whether the police car I just passed by is going to do a U-Turn or whether if someone crashes into me if my insurance provider will pay out or not. If I am pulled over and caught it would very likely mean the bike will be in storage until the restrictions are off, I can only afford to be caught once. This one reason here is something that really puts weight into not doing it. But on the other hand... 3 years on a LAMS! My last ride was a Hyosung 250 and I really had that down-pat. I knew the bike inside and out and rode quite frequently when I had it, often testing the little things limits. I also used to ride farm bikes all my childhood. I would honesty consider myself an intermediate rider, not expert because I'm still yet to learn the bigger bikes but definitely not a beginner either. I'm 29 years old now and living in rural Vic. I've looked at the LAMS list and if I really have to settle with one, the 390 Duke really stands out to me, as it seems to be pretty much an AG bike that I rode all my childhood, but made for the road. I just really hope it doesn't bore me like the old Hyosung did. Since my Mrs. has been getting into me, I've been torn for a couple of weeks now. I really.. really want to get the CBR, it's my absolute dream bike and now that we're in a better financial situation and have the opportunity to get one it seems like the right thing to do. But then I think of the con's of riding it on the street... I have even went as far as to write down a list of pro's and con's to both bikes and I valued each of them in order to weigh them against each other. A total value of pro's and con's to the Duke, Pro’s: 18 Con’s: 26 And to the CBR, Pro’s: 25 Con’s: 26 The list didn't really break the tie-breaker and I need to make an informed decision and would like to hear what people think on my situation. I understand going from a 250 to a 1000 can be a big leap, but I am totally prepared for it. It's the legality issues that really get to me. Please no flaming, and if someone wants to further help me, simply ask me for pro and con list so you may see how I value each pro and con. In saying all of that, I honestly appreciate all input and replies and I hope some people can understand my point of view in all of this. Also, hello to everyone! This is my first post. I've been a lurker for a small while.