Hey, I'm a bit of a lurker here, but I've done a few group rides a while back. I've met a few people from here, but no idea who. So I finished my LAMS restrictions a few weeks ago and have been looking at upgrading to something faster and more comfortable than my current 2011 Hyosung GT650S. Now I still like my bike, but given that I'm no longer restricted I could probably do a lot better. I do like the low down torque and handling of my bike, but it's a bit disappointing when all the get up and go disappears after 7k RPM. I also find it pretty uncomfortable on longer rides due to my size, I'm almost 200cm tall. My upper body is fine, but my legs end up so bent due to the foot peg location they start to ache after about an hour and a half of riding. Most of my riding is commuting, but I do like to go for a Saturday or Sunday run up through the Dandenongs/Yarras. I'd also like to start doing some track days and/or get involved with amateur motorsport. I've also wanted a project car or bike for years. Something that I could modify, improve and generally make my own. So I've come up with two options for buying a new bike. The first is to just get one good all-rounder bike. The second is to spend less money on my main bike and pick up a cheap big bore dirt bike to do a supermoto conversion. Either way by budget limit is about $12 grand. I could maybe stretch it a little further but I'd rather not. In fact I'd rather keep it down around $8-9 and change. So: Option one. Get one really nice bike to do everything. My main interests here are sporty nakeds, sports touring bikes or big engined supermotos. I'm thinking along the lines of a used Street Triple R, Z1000, KTM 990 Duke or Supermoto, Ninja 1000, Aprilia Shiver or Dorosoduro, or a Husquvarna Nuda. So far the only ones I've test riden are the Dorosoduro 750 and Nuda 900R. Both were noticeably faster than my GT650 and had a far more comfortable seating position. However the Nuda was just that little bit more special. It sounded better, felt sharper and the engine was a lot more "raw." Just all round more exciting. If I had to hand over money right now, that's what I'd go for. Option two Get two bikes. One road focused and one as a supermoto project. I want to end up in a situation where I could use either for both commuting or riding in the mountains and one that could do track days reasonably well. As for the road bike I'd be looking at similar types of bikes as in option one, just stuff that's a bit lower down the market. I'd also be a bit more flexible about what I'd buy. I'd look at getting a Super Sport or a something a bit cruisier. I plugged some numbers in the motorcycle ergos site and found that a mid 2000s CBR600rr actually has more leg room than my current bike, even if I'd be more leaned over up top. Those old super blackbirds look pretty tempting for the money as well. In terms of dirt bikes, I really don't know what I'm doing. Aside from watching some videos on youtube and thinking that both dirk bikes and supermotos look really fun, I've got no idea. Browsing bikesales it seems like the Yamaha 426s and Husky 610s would be the kind of bikes I should be looking at. I'd want to get full rego on it so I could ride unrestricted. I do really like the idea of a lightweight bike with an upright riding position with a decent amount of power. I'd like to be able to swap between dirt and street wheels and tires reasonably quickly if possible. So any thoughts, comments, opinions or experience in terms of option one or two? Regarding dirt bikes, how hard is it to get them fully registered? As far as I can tell, if they have a compliance plate it makes things a lot easier. Just makes sure it has lights, indicators, muffler and plate holder. Also regarding dirt bikes, how hard is it to get into dirt riding? Not competitively, just for fun. Any groups I should be looking at? I don't have a car capable of towing so any off roading I do, I'd have to be able to ride to and from it. Thanks!