MY FIRST BIKE ! I GOT IT !! + ADVICE FOR OTHER FIRST TIMERS ON DEALERSHIP SHOPPING [PICTURES BELOW] [Sorry to the people who answered my initial questions regarding my choice of bike that it has taken me so long to post this, life has been busy-busy chaos the past couple of weeks!] Well, I got my first bike !! She's beautiful. She's a Kawasaki Eliminator 250 [aka. "EL250"], from 1988. So she's not a spring-chicken, but she's in immaculate condition, Has been taken very good care of as far as I can tell with my limited knowledge, only done about 19,000 kms, and looks it. For an old bike, it's really been well kept, no rust or leaks [well, there was a little fuel leak, but that was just a screw in the carburettor needed adjusting and might need replacing. Easy-easy]. I visited a few private sellers, but again, as I am still learning about bikes, I wanted to get something that was all certified with all the slips and rego on it, not too many hidden problems, and I was advised by a friend just to go with the conventional wisdom of going to a well-established dealership to avoid any hidden hassles with the bike. I had a road map of places I visited. MY ADVICE [AS MUCH AS I CAN GIVE] FOR BIKE HUNTING AND VISITING DEALERSHIPS FOR FIRST TIME BUYERS ; If anybody is obsessive as I am about getting a square-deal , and wants to be methodical about visiting dealerships, and able to quote prices from dealer-to-dealer, I accidentally found this really good way, just by playing around with Google Maps. I wanted to get directions from my house to as many dealerships as possible, using the "Get Directions" function on Google Maps. But then I accidentally stumbled across this function where it possible to get ALL the directions from my house to each destination on the one map, and then organize which would be the most economical , time-saving route to take, directly from my house , in one round-trip. [rent a car or borrow one if you don't have one, or are not biking, as I'm not sure how to do this with public transport]. Firstly, find a list of motorcycle dealerships in your general area. Mine is Sydney. I used this list, which I think has more-or-less all the dealerships i sdn http://motorcycle-dealers.com.au/new-and-used-bikes-dealers/nsw-dealers/sydney-&-suburbs/ THEN What you do is go to google maps, and on the sidebar, go to "Get Directions" : Step 1. add destination A [your house], Then destination B [for example. Bikebiz Granville, where I ended up getting my bike], Then destination C, Then destination D. Etc etc. for all the bike dealerships you want to visit. Step 2. Once you have typed all your destinations in, You can drag and drop each of the destinations on the list one above the other. and as you do this, the line of your destination on the map itself will be adjusted to reflect your adjustments. SO if you are absolutely obsessive like me in checking out all the dealerships, and what people are charging , and being able to quote prices from other dealerships and used-lots, to make sure you get the squarest-deal possible, and learn to talk-the-talk [sort of] You can visually see what would be the absolute quickest way to infinite - dealerships from your house. I have attached a photo of the way my dealership route came out. Running around to various places can be incredibly time-consuming, and if you don't have a plan, it can be exhausting. I had a plan to visit about 10-12 dealerships from this list I ended up visiting about 5 stores. I ended up at Bikebiz Granville [they have two stores there]. The one on Great Western Highway had the goods for used bikes!! The other one was mostly new stuff. I saw this Kawasaki, and she grabbed me instantly, it was love. $3200, everything sorted. I didn't negotiate. I could tell everything was good, no rust , no leaks, no scratches where there shouldn't be , unless there was some hidden fault which I couldn't see, [I got a test ride] she was golden. I didn't want to haggle much with anyone anyway. Just pick the best of what people are offering and quote prices from other dealerships at people if necessary. From my research, Bike Dealers don't make a mint, so unless you really suspect them of trying to put one over you, it's just not nice to haggle to high-hell. The staff were all incredibly great and went to every length to help me out as a first time rider [really, I'll wax on about that in a bit]. Andrew Beard, Grant Morris, and Lawrence the Owner. After I bought it, I was there all afternoon waiting to sort insurance due to NRMA having the bike listed under a different model name. By the time I got out, it was dark and rainy. The highway busy-as-shit. Grant , the dealer, kinda sensed I was just not confident as soon as I took her out, and said "Can I make your life easy?" Turns out the owner, Lawrence, lived in Five Dock, so he dropped me home when they store closed at 5.30 or so. They delivered the bike free next day, but I tipped the driver $20, $10 for him, $10 for Grant. Really walked away feeling good with everything. Top guys all of them. ............... That said, none of this is to say that I haven't had a couple of problems with the bike so far, and a little bit of amateur work I've had to do on it. I'll crap on about this in the next post, and maybe I'll get lucky and somebody might be able to give some advice.