Hi all - After procrastinating for a while I have finally decided to follow a dream and do something for myself for once and finally get my licence and first bike. I would like some advice on a decision as to whether take a freebie or whether I am taking on something that is possibly more trouble than it is worth. A friends housemate has a bike sitting in their garage that he doesn't use and has apparently had trouble getting rid of - and has offered it to me for nothing. He said it is a CBR250RR but after trying to get more info and asking a service mechanic there is some doubt if it is a double R - and it appears it is a grey import. He sent me a photo of the old rego sticker and the VIN number which made the mechanic say straight away that it was a grey import. Anyway - all the details I have are as follows - clock says 59,000 kms - but could also be 159,000 I guess. It says on the sticker 1988 model. Last rego date was Aug 2008. I doubt if it has been started or used much between then and now which could mean there is a crap-load of maintenance needed to get it going and roadworthy. I have been told the fork seals need replacing and the battery is stuffed. If it has been sitting for so long the tyres may be hardened and brittle - the fuel system would probably need an overhaul - and who knows what else. Now I am a bit poor and trying to survive on a disability pension so cant really justify spending a lot on something like a bike that I dont really need - so at first I thought this might be a good cheap starter bike. but now I am guessing that it could set me back nearly 2,000 to get it on the road - and then not knowing what may go wrong down the track. I am looking for opinions as to whether I am just getting into something that will give me headaches and whether I am better off spending about 4,000 and get something that I can just ride and enjoy instead of always getting work done on something. I may eventually start working on my bike myself as I used to work on my own cars 25 years ago when they were simpler and did fine just working off a manual - but don't really want the headaches while I am learning. Thoughts anyone?