Hi gang, My first post here having just got my Ls on the weekend and about to start the fun of finding a bike. Iâ€™ve search and read, searched and read, then done a bit more and Iâ€™m at a point where I still have a few unanswered Qâ€™s I am hoping you can help with. As with so many posts here the ultimate Q really revolves around WHICH BIKE! Iâ€™ll try and give all the info and goals I have. Specs on me are 185cm (6â€™1â€) and mid 90â€™s kg. Very little bike experience, but cautiously confident and want a bike at the larger end of the LAMS list. I have a highly modified custom road bike lined up for when I get off LAMS (1990 GSXR750 with all the goodies) so am looking for something that is more touring/trails orientated (Iâ€™m a cross country and downhill mountain biker, so want that off-road capability too). However, that being said, Iâ€™m not after a pure trail bike for jumping and ripping around the place as I donâ€™t think Iâ€™d do much of that. Iâ€™m more after something that I can do the odd commute to the city, do a road trip with a tend and few things on the back rack, but most importantly head into the country and do some fire trails, not too tricky singlet rack, etc. Other considerations are that Iâ€™m very comfy with something that I can do some upgrading on to improve handling/performance and to personalise some what, and something not too long in the tooth. Price-wise Iâ€™m looking around the $5K mark. I was originally looing at something like an XR400 with semi-road tires, as once off LAMS it is more trail based and would give me the two extremes with a pure road and trail bike. However, they seem to be in a really niche market (or high demand) with it looking like $5k will only get me in a sub-2004/05 model. Accordingly, Iâ€™ve been looking at some more touring type bikes like the Translap 650, DR650 and KLR650 as they seem to offer more â€˜bikeâ€™ for the buck. The downside and question going this way is the limitation of their off-road capability and whether that would become an issue. So I guess I just wanted to get some feedback and thoughts from those of you with experience to help me make up my own mind. Cheers, Aaron.