Not exactly new to riding, having ridden bikes since the age of 16 up until about the age of 30. Then kids came along, and I've been bike-less since:nopity:. Now I'm looking to get back on board. I haven't ridden since about '97. Back then I used to ride for pleasure only, but nowadays it'll be more a 50/50 split between commuting (about 30km each way) & pleasure. So I'm looking for a bike that'll do a bit of both. My last bike was an FZR600, which I loved. I'm inclined to go for another sports bike, but I'm not sure the aging body could take a bum-up, head down riding position anymore. My 'dream' bikes were always the GSX-R 750 & the Blade, but I never got to ride either. My more reckless side is suggesting I get a Blade, R1, GSX-R 1000, my more sensible side is suggesting I go for something more sedate like an SV650S. I understand that I need to get out there and test drive bikes to see what suits me, but I was hoping to narrow down the options before doing that. Cheers, Paul. P.S. I'm well aware this could be my mid-life crisis, I'm just going with it.