Well, following my brief but exciting stint as a brake tester for Holden Commercial Vehicles, Iâ€™m working on deciding what to get next. Excellent bike though it was, the RT was a bit of a whale when it came to its principal use, which was as an everyday commuter, doing 90 km per day, half of which required rather better filtering capability than it really had. Indeed, it was starting to develop the embarrassing habit of rubbing affectionately against adjacent vehicles and I suspect it was only a matter of time before it tried to shag someoneâ€™s leg. The number of times it got outside the outer metropolitan area in the two years I owned it could be counted on the fingers of one head, which I always felt to be a bit of a waste. Having owned a variety of fours, twins and strokers, it occurs to me that the one major engine configuration I havenâ€™t tried long term is a thumper. Not only that, but MrsB has now got the bug again, thanks to the Ural, and wants to try a solo. Due to various past mishaps, she needs something light and manageable to try out on and, as we canâ€™t afford two solos, I need to consider this in my choice of replacement. Realistically, I canâ€™t see myself becoming an avid dirt rider. It doesnâ€™t interest me that much and there are precious few opportunities to do it legally in WA anyway, so dirtability isnâ€™t that important. The occasional gravel road on the way to somewhere else would be about the biggest challenge likely to be faced. So my options would appear to be:- Road single â€“ SR4-500, SRX600 MuZ, Yam 660 thingy. SR(X)s are long in the tooth except the 400 which may not be big enough for a 186 cm, 108 kg fat bastard. Also no leccy start on many of â€˜em. MuZ is a bit rare (must work every day) and Iâ€™m not convinced Iâ€™ve ever seen a 660 Yam. Big trailie â€“ KLR650 and DR650 are astonishing amounts of bike for the money and are very tempting new buys. Road oriented so maintenance demands do not appear excessive. Would a good option be to buy one, run it as is, then look at road tyres and lowering links and maybe medium term think about getting some fat 17â€ rims laced up to softard it? Motard â€“ Big range here. Iâ€™ve been contemplating a used F650CS to satisfy my BMW brand loyalty, stay away from maintaining chains and keep a little long distance practicality. Not a true motard I know, but I canâ€™t keep inventing categories. Bit rare though. However, my silly streak is showing a desire for something a bit harder edged and Iâ€™ve read the archived comments on the Husky SM610 with great interest and could run to a used one. Or, on a more practical level, a DR-Z 400 (although my size and weight concerns come up again). So Iâ€™m looking for recommendations from those with thumper experience on what would be best to carry a fat git 450 kms/week through traffic, has an electric start, reasonable maintenance demands (donâ€™t mind short oil change intervals, but Iâ€™d rather not be replacing parts every other weekend), good to excellent bitumen manners and dealer back up good enough to see 99% availability, and, most importantly, be heaps of fun so I donâ€™t instantly get bored and regret the purchase. Oh yes, something that wonâ€™t embarrass me at the track days I intend to start doing would be nice (although I am aware that no bike yet built will ever prevent me from embarrassing myself) :grin: . Price range is likely to be in the $8k region, dependent on the insurance outcome on the R.