I know this has been asked millions of times before & I'm sure I've read so many different posts that I have simply confused myself, but here goes. I have never ridden before & go for my L's next week. I'm 6'1" & about 76kg GS500 - well recommended, decent power for a LAMS bike, but 40kg heavier than a 250 VTR250 - Highly recommended (best) 250, light & agile CBF250 - newest of the lot, light, but low on power & top speed Looking to spend up to $5500, maybe $6000 at most, however less is better. Rough pricing seems to be GS500 - 2005/06, 12000-20000 km, at 5.5-6k VTR250 - 2002/03, 10000-20000 km, at 5-5.5k CBF250 - 2006/07, 3000-10000 km, at 4-4.5k There are some older VTR's (1999) with 30000-40000 km down around 4-4.5k but not sure if I should go an older bike or should these be just as reliable as the newer bikes as long as they have been serviced. I am not looking for maximum top speed & I don't need to go on a lot of freeways, however once I have some confidence a trip to Phillip Island won't be out of the question. The bike will be used for weekend rides & generally just getting out & about and enjoying the ride. Any advice on these three bikes would be appreciated. ( and yes I have used search before. Thats why I'm now confused) Al.