I've been looking at these in addition to the 'usual suspects' in my search for a first bike- however I've been unable to find much information about them (compared to CBR's etc). Assuming I can find a properly maintained example, are there any mechanical issues to look out for or any other general drawbacks unique to them? From my research the only things I've picked up are a short fuel range (albeit at the benefit of a handy 'boot' where the tank should be) and a slightly greater weight than comparable bikes. How are they in terms of parts availability, reliability, etc? Handling, brakes? Are they are an appropriate bike for a learner? The majority of my riding will be commuting in light traffic to Uni (presumably the inline 4 will not be especially suited to this?), along with assorted weekend rides. FWIW, I'm 177cm and 50-something kg. Mainly drawn to the Across due to the cheap price tag, big storage space and greater power as opposed to some (all?) of the newer 250's. Thanks for any and all advice/information.