Howdy all, here's the thing - I am a noob on two wheels at a tender 52.5 years (why did I wait so frickin' long??). I commute 50k in and and out from Eltham to Parkville - going to work has never been such a blast. I've got 4500 ks up now on my TGB 101r 150cc. Its light, thin (<700 mm) and slices the carpark I ride through each day like a wicked dream. It'll go 95kpm if I ask nicely and has just enough pluck to get me off the line and away from the Heidelberg Road Grand Prix red light grid. So, what's the problem? Well, the el cheapo Taiwanese scoot is made from tin cans and sticky tape and I suspect will be a heap 'o rust by winters end. Plus I am riding the wheels off the thing and I know that I am going to find the limit of its limited performance very soon. Hence, my interest in the what's next. I guess I could look at a better scoot such as the Aprilia Sportcity Cube 300. It has similar non-latte sipping, angular features as the TGB, is light, thin and packs a whallop with its EFI Quasar engine. But.... Its still a scooter and I guess I just want a motorbike - and I am sure I don't need to explain that to you lot! Blame it on Brando and McQueen. So, I anticipate buying the new wheels in the next 6 months so I'll still be within the LAMS period. Question is, what is an appropriate bike for a scooter rider who does 250 k per week through inner city traffic. I am building my roadcraft with every trip and so am not quite the typical newbie, fresh on their 'L's. Being a mature gent, ahem, I also have the presence of mind not to go nuts and thrash a bike (and me) into an early oblivion. So a 250 just doesn't seem appropriate. As I currently stay off the freeway due to lack of go-go-go, I want a bike that gives me that option, and with plenty of headroom to crack the right wrist and get away from some killer cager. I do not anticipate riding on the twisties to Kinglake or long road trips (mores the pity). I've been going around and around on this. Lucky me, I am a 10 minute walk to Elizabeth St and have just about worn out my shoes trekking back and forth! I've been doing intensive homework and seem to be circling around several bikes. The sales dudes are helpful but I am throwing myself on the mercy of the collective wisdom of the NR clan to help sort out my thinking here. Bikes I've been looking at seem to be nakeds as I am a bit partial to the rocker thing and have a soft, gooey spot for Bonnies, Commandos, classics of any kind but they are usually too big a jump up for a guy who has cut his chops on a scooter. I keep coming back to: GS500 (of course) Enfield Bullet (thug, thug, mmmmm) TU250 (mini Bonnie, but...) ER-6nl (ooooooooh yeah baby) also W400 (too floppy) Duke 659 (too $$$$) Gladius (too bling bling) DR650 (too tall) CB400 (too sensible) BTW, I am 90 kg and 5' 8" and would like to be flat footed at the lights (unlike my current ride). HELP! Grasshopper is awaiting your divine wisdom, oh NR Master. Then I can snatch that pebble and wring the neck out of a real bike! cheerio!