from what i have read researched etc there seems to be little point buying a new 250 as it generally gets sold in a year and you loose a fair amount of$ to depreciation. But considering a 2nd hand bike is only about $1500-$2000 cheaper than new (GPX as example), would there be a point at witch buying new would be better if you knew that you were going to have that bike for 3 years or more. If you were going to keep the bike for a longer period then certainly knowing the engine was not thrashed and also knowing exactly what has or hasn't been done to the bike has got to count for something. As well as knowing the exact service history for your bike. So is new an option for longer ownership or is 2nd hand the "only" way to go?