OK, so I got my honda CB250 n00b bike. Last night, went down to campbelltown with a mate who has a license and looked over a CB250 which was posted at $1000 on TP. A few hours earlier the seller had called me to say that some other bloke wanted a look and would be there by 5pm. Alright, I say, I'll try to be there as soon as I can. Looked at the clock, 3pm, I'm in the city, fsck this is going to be painful. Left the office, grabbed $1500 from the ATM and got the bus home. Had called my mate who was waiting for me on his bike when I got there, we parked his bike in my spot and zoomed off in my car. Good plan. Except for everyone else leaving sydney around 4pm to go home! Argh. Anyway, as we're going down the street where this bloke lives (do they even have street lights outside of sydney? eesh) he calls me, "Other bloke is here, wants to buy it, where are you?". Ugh, don't like being pressured. Tell him we're 100m down the street, pull up, and theres no light on the bike and 3 blokes standing there. Asked him to move it into some light so he takes it to a 'shed', hooks up lights and we finally get a look at the beast. As described, its a 1992 CB250. They'd already started it, so couldn't cold start it. Everything checked out though. It was straight, though the tines were slightly twisted to the left. Some scrapes and stuff like that. All lights worked. Heated handgrips. Oil is black and gritty, will need an oilchange. Suspension/shocks all good. Seats ripped, taped up. speedo/tacho works fine. Tires flat. Test ride had it sliding all over the place. So, we go out, and the other bloke and I work out where each other's limits are in $50 increments. The seller is a genius for getting us both out there at the same time; he doesn't have to do any haggling at all and can watch us drive the price up. Other bloke wouldn't go past 1350, I would, so that was that. My bike! Still cheap, considering. Will post some pics up later. Anyway, mate gets on it, we zoom off to petrol station, fill it up with fuel and pump the tires up to spec, and he gives it a quick ride around the station, says it feels much better. So we head off and are soon heading down the highway to sydney. He's keeping up at 100. Turned off the M5 before we got to the toll, driving through the suburbs towards marrickville. He was behind me because he didn't know where to go, so I was keeping an eye on him in the rear view mirror. Good thing too, because I saw his headlight flashing off! Crap, he wants me to stop. Pull over, have a discussion. No, he wasn't flashing his headlights. Oh, crap, I say, must be a loose wire in there. We'll have to see how it goes. We zoom off, it gets worse. Seems to co-incide with his gear changes. I pull over, we examine a bit closer; the throttle is sliding around and the heated handgrip cable presses the starter button and shuts off the light. Oops. Ok, so that will need to be fixed. We get home fairly uneventfully, I have a splitting headache. Bike needs a new seat, indicator light on the indicator panel needs replacing, fixing of the throttle, oil change and probably a full service before its probably safe to ride. But thats ok, 1 month til I get my Ls anyway It seems to run well, but there's a few things that need to be fixed. Throttle grip is loose, so it spins around the throttle sleeve, requiring you to twist it back every so often. fix: glue? What type of glue? Needs an oil change. Oil is black and sooty. Everything probably needs a clean. Air filter, etc. Right indicator light on panel needs to be replaced. Clutch is a bit stiff, needs greasing. Probably take a stab at this myself, unless someone thinks that would be a bad idea. Other good news was that I've been checking the myTests site every day for an earlier opening on the leaner course, and one opened up for next weekend, saturday & sunday! Win! I just hope it doesn't rain. Haha. Stuff I need to buy: Oil Gloves, Jacket, Pants, Boots Glue WD-40 Some tools. I have no idea what I need. Will print the service manual. Did I miss anything?