Hello everyone! I recently obtained my motorcycle learner's permit in Victoria. I'm looking to buy a motorcycle that is on the LAMs list. From my research so far I've made the decision that I'm looking to purchase new for the security of having a warranty and knowing the history (or lack thereof) of the bike. However, I'm open to all suggestions. I will use the bike to commute to university on a freeway so speed and overtaking power is a must. I'm 189 cm (6'2") and 70 kg so I want a "roomy" bike suitable for a tall person! I like sporty looking bikes ie. faired and I'm not really that keen on a naked bike. I want some levels of performance as well. I'm currently seriously considering a Suzuki GS500F and to a lesser extent the Hyosung GT650RL and the Honda CB400. Now, as the title of the thread suggestions I would appreciate advice on how to handle buying a new motorcycle. Peter Steven's has a GS500F for $6,490 + ORC, it's labelled as an '07 model I don't know when it was built. How negotiable are the prices, who has a reputation for being cheapest in and around Melbourne? RRP for the GS500F is $7,990 so the price from Peter Steven's is a significant discount off retail. Is this because a new model is imminent or are sales targets that need to be met by the end of June the reason for such discounting? As a new rider I'm looking for a complete package including gear so obviously if I take all my business to one dealer I'd potentially get a good deal so again any advice on this is appreciated! I haven't ridden any of these bikes yet (it's currently illegal) but I've sat on them all. I think the riding position on the Suzuki is more upright and probably well suited to my size however I can't be sure given the static nature of my exposure to the bike! At the moment, the price is right on the Suzuki and I don't want to spend extra for the Honda especially since I don't really like the look of it and if I was spending that much I think I'd rather the Hyosung given the potential to de-restrict it once I'm off my Ls or do it earlier however I don't think I'd be silly enough to do this but it would be a different story once I had the bike. Anything I haven't thought of? I don't need to be told how crap Hyosungs are thanks - I've read the threads, I'd rather hear about good experiences on that particular bike! As for the GS and the CB positives and negatives!! Any higher capacity used bikes that are relatively new and worth looking into? Thanks!