I was trying REALLY hard to convince myself that for my first bike, I should get a cheap and nasty old bike that I wouldn't break down into tears if I dropped it that'd have pretty much the same retail value when it's time to upgrade - Something like a cheap zz-r 250, or an older cb250 - just to get me on the road and practicing. Well, it's only a TINY bit of scope-creep later that I've inspected a few VTR250s, which are at least 72% more sexy than an old cb250, and brought one home And you know what? I'm damn glad. I reckon I'll have plenty of pride in this 2001 model to polish it on weekends and make sure it stays in top shape. It's a bit of a shame about the drop damage on the pipe, but it's hardly at all an issue for me in person.. It has a few KMs on it too, but it still runs really smooth, and I'm really happy Love the gold wheels on black bike. Cheers dudes!