So after a lot of advice from all you guys and gals reading the forum etc, I finally got my first bike. Being a older (34) starter, I was tempted to go for something bigger and more expensive, but have decided to take the slower scenic route and not scare myself to death, as advised. I got a 1996 GPX-250R 14500 on the clock, $4300 on the road plus 12 month warranty and then I spent another $300 on a jacket, $65 on gloves and $300 on helmet. I also get a free advanced rider training course. I am getting the little windshield replaced for around $130 as the one on it is ugly. Apart from a bit of a clean and polish the bike looks ok. Pics taken with my phone; www.sonicelectronic.net/images/bike1.jpg www.sonicelectronic.net/images/bike2.jpg www.sonicelectronic.net/images/bike3.jpg www.sonicelectronic.net/images/bike4.jpg I have 2 lessons over this weekend then Q-Ride next weekend, and I will be commuting to work by Monday week. Once again thanks for all the help and advice, couldn't have done it without all the help. Cheers sonicbaz ps still want a zzr-600 or a gsx-750R, but maybe in 12 months.