I'm thinking of hocking the old Across and grabbing myself a new 250cc. I've just gotten a new job who are paying pretty decent money, so I'm looking for something around $6000 or up. Thing is, I was too poor/lazy for the last year to get my full license, so I've been on my learner's since April and even when I get my full next month I'll still be on restrictions for another twelve months. Hence, I'm looking for a 250 which isn't so much aimed at the first-time learner. I'll note that I've also got a few thousand kilometers of courier experience under my belt, so rushed situations and long ride times aren't a problem for me. I need something which handles and accellerates well but won't be a pain to use to commute to work every day. Top speed isn't an issue - I've got no real reason to break 120 kp/h these days. Acceleration is, though - I like something sprightly. The bikes that I'm currently considering at the moment are: Aprilia RS250: Pros: Bloody fast, excellent handling, good resale value as they've stopped making them Cons: Bloody expensive, not an easy bike to ride, hard to get parts as they've stopped making them Kwaka ZZ250: Pros: Two-stroke speed, like the aprilia, but cheaper Cons: Two-stroke rideability, like the aprilia Honda Spada: Pros: Cheep. Naked bike, easy to work on. Very nippy / maneuverable Cons: Not sure how quick it is - I want something _faster_ than the across Naked bike, a bit of a pain for the amount of highway riding I do Honda CBR250RR Pros: Fast, maneuverable, easy to find parts for, king of the learner bike world Cons: Not sure what the rideability is like. Not sure how easy it is to find a second hand one that hasn't been thrashed/dropped by a learner. An Across that doesn't have 80,000k on the clock Pros: Fast-ish, luggage compartment, rides well Cons: I already have one I'm also very open to other bike suggestions. Ideas?