Currently looking around for a new bike for my partner. When we got together a few years ago, we decided we'd buy a bike each. My preference was a 848. I've quickly paid that off and really love the stupid thing, so she's now on the hunt for her own bike. She's ridden bikes forever but hasn't owned a bike for the last 10 or so years, her last bike was a GPZ900 (she had 2 in a row and loved them) first husband had a GSX1000 which they did heaps of touring on and also liked that. Had a bad experience with a Cagiva early on and thats sort of put her off anything not Japanese a bit. Would like something midrange I suppose but after a quick round of the bike shops on the weekend we've come up with nothing. Only bike she liked the look of was a Busa, and thats a bit big both in size and stature. So, I'm at a loss on what to suggest we look at now... she has a preference for Kawasaki and Suzuki. Looked at a new Z800 which I thought would pull at her heartstrings but didn't (doesn't like the transformer looks or the way the tank felt when you sat on the thing) . After the Busa quip I thought that a VFR800 might suit with its cleaner lines but no, a sit said that it wasn't any good either. Asked if we go and test ride a few bikes in the next week or two, what would she test ride. Answer, "I don't know, everything is just so angular in looks nowadays.... Luckily my quip about maybe your living a bit in the past and this is how new bikes look went past the posts ok. Why on earth I say this stuff, I have no idea. Cash wise we're open so most options but looking around at near new and new I reckon $10-15k range is ok. This morning suggested that theres a few Monster 1100S that appear to be good buying second hand but she's unsure of riding something that big. I'm thinking that maybe we go out and blag a few test rides on a variety of bike types and models and try and hone in from there. Any thoughts from the collective?