Hi, I have a Tmax 500 scooter which I absolutely love to bits and ride every day. I want to keep this scooter and maybe add a motorbike to my stable. It seems that since I started riding in Feb 12 that I have ridden every day so am pretty enthusiastic about riding. I will take the scooter to do everything including commuting, shopping, just anything. I have 3 pretty decent cars to choose from and I just do not use them at all. I have put on about 2500 klm in my first 3 months and that is all mainly in Sydney. I will be moving to my Provisional license in the next 2 weeks and then on that for 12 mths until I am allowed an unrestricted license. So my new bike will need to meet LAMS requirements. I will most likely go for a used bike to save money and would like to limit the spend to about $8000. The things I would like to improve with my current scoot are : - increased acceleration (Tmax is about 0-100in 7.5 secs) - manual gears (Tmax is CVT) - maybe lower kerb weight for low speed parking etc - better handling of the bumps on Sydney streets (Tmax has 15" F & R) - I am majorly attracted to ABS brakes, I really want ABS - increased flexibility to go through narrower gaps in normal riding situation with confidence - Ability to go off road maybe, just in terms of unsealed roads not through the bush The things I want to retain in my ride would be: - some sort of storage, I guess I could fit a top box but the under seat storage on the Tmax is just awesome. - protection from the wind and rain - seat comfort, I can stay in the Tmax seat for hours - smooth engine, does not vibrate the bike at any RPM - Xenon headlights (fitted these aftermarket) - stability and handling are excellent on the Tmax and I have never felt a loss of traction at any time in my riding, wet or dry. I have seen the VStrom with ABS and was wondering if this might be a good choice? All suggestions welcomed, thanks.