After lurking and reading some of the excellent advice on this forum (especially the warnings not to circumvent the restricted period and head straight to a 600R) I'm still undecided about which bike to get for the learner/ps period. As sad as it is, I'm willing to admit that I'm superficial enough to want something that looks good AND has a decent amount of get up and go. For me, that means a sportsbike clad in nice and easy to scratch fairings. I love the styling on both the CBR600RR and the GSX-R600 and except for the fact I'm being sensible, would jump all over the CBR600 in a flash. Pretty much I've come down to either the Hyo GT650R or the CBR250RR. I'd much rather NOT buy a brand new bike for my learners, but my big question about the CBR are: - how hard is it to get one in decent condition? As a rough guide how many ks on the clock before they start running into expensive mechanical repair territory? - is there any model years I should specifically avoid? I realise that the vast majority are grey imports and are therefore going to be over a decade old - I'm operating on the assumption that the 250RR is a little more gutsy than the Hyo 650 - am I barking up the wrong tree here? - are there other 250s I should consider if I'm after a non-naked, non-cruiser sportbike with a bit of go to go with the show? I love the styling on the NS125 but from what I've read here they're a labour of love. A long (18ish years) time ago I had a VT250 for a couple of years, and also rode a ZZR250 - both of which felt pretty underpowered for someone my size (6'1, 90kgs). For this reason I really don't see myself touching a GPX - and finding a decent amount of ZX2Rs to choose from seems pretty difficult. I'm quite happy to sacrifice a little bit of ride position (esp with the ZX2R for something that looks and goes well). Any guidance or aqdvice will be gratefully accepted. EDIT: I've gone over the LAMS list already (I'm in NSW) so I'm more looking for a 250 than a bigger cc bike as I've covered most of those bases already.