Hey guys, long time reader, first time poster I've just moved into college in the ACT and am about to transfer licenses and in the process get my bike license (booked a stay upright course ) Always had a passion for bikes, from the first time we hooned around my mates farm on his old dirt bikes. Since then I was hooked, and have followed motogp and eagerly awaited my first bike purchase. Anyway, currently have my eye on either an '02 RS125 going for $3200 or a '91 CBR250rr for $2700. I am well aware how often the CBR's are the first pick for learner riders and so tend to be violently thrashed and may end up costing me a fortune to have fixed up, and that the Aprilia requires engine rebuilds ~12000 and 30000 ks for top and bottom respectively. My question to you NetRider: Is a saving of $500 worth the possible consquences of getting a possibly thrashed to pieces bike that only has a bit more grunt, or to I go for the sleeker, more modern Italian sportsbike?