I used to be a car nut until I sold my car a year ago and realised I didn't miss it. Instead I've been using a push bike for shorter trips, and enjoying it. I love the idea of a motor bike, but my main hesitation is about the safety. I'd appreciate it if anyone could help me out with some of my questions. 1. How much should I be looking to spend on a 250cc? Also, will $1000 be enough to cover gear? 2. How much would I late model 250cc cost to run? Rego, insurance, petrol, servicing, tyres, etc? 3. What is the reason for the "27 times more likely to die on a bike" statistic? The demographic of motorcyclists in Australia? (ie, enthusiasts over commuters). I never came into trouble with my cars, because I quickly learned it wasn't worth taking risks, but will that save me on a bike? Thanks for your help, Alex.