I've been summing up my options for quite some time now, and after a day of extensive test riding (it's surprising how unwilling dealers are to give you a test ride, even though my license says R) I need another opinion. Up here in townsville there is a drastic shortage of used 250cc bikes (we just have the 250cc limit no LAMS), I went to all the largest dealers and all up there were 7. There was a 2003 vr250 for $6000 (not currently available due to the need of parts), 2 RS250's each at about $5500 (wasn't keen on the flogged race bikes), a heavily scratched suzuki bandit for $3000, and several cruisers i didn't pay attention to. The paper didn't reveal anything in the used cars/bikes section. So first up i thought that I'm looking around the $6500 to get a half decent second hand bike on the road. Then i went to the kawasaki store (which didnt carry 2nd hand), and i thought id give a brand new gpx250 (07) for a spin, just to see what its like to ride a new bike. The ride was awesome i enjoyed every minute of it, and when i got back to the dealer, i asked how much, and he said $6800, but we will chuck in helmet and probably a jacket too, on top of 12 months rego. I was gobsmacked. Not only was this nearly as cheap as a second hand bike, but i absolutely loved the bike, which i put the first 10kms on. Where i need an opinion is: Should i wait around and see if something good second hand comes up Should i consider down south (bikesales/bikepoint) and hope for a good buy What is the resale potential of an 07 GPX250 in a couple of years Should i go black, or red?