Well, last Thursday I brought home my first bike: 1989 ZXR-250A Here's my (maybe odd) thoughts on the bike so far. She's got some scars but otherwise I wouldn't have been able to afford her. At least I won't cry if I drop it. And they have the added bonus of extra speed in the corners I hear. Most importantly it's in good nick mechanically, engine revs cleanly, starts quickly, engages gear well, no play in bearings, etc. Lucky seeing as it was probably a Sumoto bike. I know I should have gotten something sensible like a ZZR or a Spada, but I made this decision with my heart and not my head. Motorcycling is a budding passion to me, not transport. So I'm willing to deal with any issues that might arise with getting a highly strung and old/thrashed "sports" bike. The moment I saw it I had to have it, it even matches my leathers and I got them two months before the bike! Riding position is exactly what I was looking for and this bike feels better between my legs than the other LAMS bikes I've tried. Feels a lot more secure when cornering, but it's not like I have any real experience to be able to say anyway. The shopping list down the bottom is a bit try-hard IMO, but I don't care when the bike feels this nice. The exhaust is also bloody loud, don't know whether that is a good thing or not but the little kid in me loves it. Servicing it will be a pain, but I've got the time to learn. (Who thought having to remove the radiator to change spark plugs would be a good idea?) The horn sounds exactly like roadrunners "beep beep" and as such is useless for any purpose apart from making me laugh. The exhaust is actually much (MUCH) louder and more useful when the stupid car in front is sitting at a green light texting... So I really couldn't be happier, can't wait to get to some of the learner rides and eventually hit the twisties/track.