Hi all, please bear with me on this, I'm a complete beginner to bikes and have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about, so if I say stupid things or ask stupid questions don't be surprised. Now then; I'm a University student, please don't hold it against me, and every year I say to myself I should get a bike because while there are never any car parks, there are always heaps of bike spots. In fact there is one bike parking area where you only ever see one or two bikes at most. Then there is the fuel consumption and such. This year I've decided to bite the bullet and just buy a bike. With rising fuel prices and all the little trips I need to do during the week it just doesn't make sense to always take the car. At first it was an easy decision; get the cheapest bike available. Simple. Then as I thought about it and did research things became complicated. Allow me to outline my thought processes. I like cars; again please don't hold that against me. I've lately come to terms with the fact that I wont be earning huge amounts of money in my chosen career once I graduate, and that doesn't bother me because I value happiness far above money, but it does pose a problem with my dream to one day own a sports car or track day car. This was further compounded by a recent holiday last month where I went to Eastern Creek and drove a race car; now I'm itching to do that sort of thing again. While doing research I noticed performance bikes seem to be far cheaper than performance cars. For example, according to the book I'm reading, which is admittedly about a year out of date, a Yamaha YZF-R1 costs about $18,999. Fair enough, that's about the same price as my Nissan Pulsar cost brand new, although I didn't get it new of course. Looking at a performance car and sticking to the Nissan theme a 350Z would cost about $64,990 and a GT-R $148,800. I don't know if that bike is a fair comparison to those cars but even the most expensive bike in the book, the Ducati 1098R costs $54,995, which while high is still lower than either of the cars. So my first dumb question is; is my assumption that a good sport bike is significantly cheaper than a comparatively good sports car correct, and would it be a good option for someone who wants to go to track days but can't afford a powerful car? To set up my next question: I've only ever owned Nissan Pulsars so I would like to have a more fun vehicle, even if it's not a super sport bike or car. This goes back to the thing I was saying about buying the cheapest bike; originally I only wanted something like a Yamaha Scorpio or a Honda CBR125R, (cheap) but as I researched them I read that they are a bit underpowered, especially that they struggle up hills. I'm only short but I'm pretty fat, about 105kg, and I live in an area with some pretty big hills so that's something to consider. So then I started to look at more powerful options to get me up hills and cart my fat arse around and maybe have a little (legal) fun, so I started to consider the Cagiva Mito SP525, which at $8,700 is right on the upper limit of my budget. The problem is I have no riding experience at all. I've barely even rode a pushbike, I can but it's too much physical exertion for me to want to. Besides, if it doesn't have an engine who cares right? So my question is; would a Cagiva Mito SP525 be too much for me to handle, and should I therefore buy a Honda CBR125R, I've all but given up on the Scorpio, so I can learn and just deal with the lack of power until I get an unrestricted license? If it helps I'll be getting a loan to buy the bike and I'll probably own it for four or five years, regardless of the one I choose. I'm obviously a learner too, and I'm not a reckless person so I won't be driving like a maniac on the street, which brings me to another point, is the Mito a suitable bike to take to a track day to get the hang of a bike on a track before taking a more powerful bike later, after I get a full license and a full time job? I wouldn't be taking it to the track for at least two or so years BTW. Sorry for the long and convoluted post, any help and advice will be appreciated.