I get my Learners Permit this Thursday and have been looking at bikes available for the last week or so. I have $5000 to play with and have been looking at the usual suspects for a noob like myself (Kawasaki ZX2R, ZXR250, Honda CBR250R/RR). My main problem is, I want something reliable but am only going to have next Saturday after work to drive 2 hours down to Melbourne and look at the bikes I have found on the net. My work mate has been riding for years and recently upgraded to a ZX9R and I am dragging him along to help me out as I know stuff all about bikes especially mechanical aspects. I was looking at the links from this site for prepurchase inspections as I think they are a good idea. There is one concern for me though. If I organise an inspection from Echuca where I live for a bike in Melbourne I then have to wait till Saturday to go and get the bike if it is good. I am concerned I could fork out the money for the inspection find a good bike and then find it gets sold in the mean time before I get there. Or end up having to pay for several inspections for bikes that are obvious lemons that I can't identify by not being able to check em out first. Any suggestions from people who have been in my position before?