So I have been riding now for a bit over a year now, got my p's and I think it's time for a upgrade. I have been riding around on my trust 06 cbf250 that I bought off a bloke in a bit of a mess (was originally a right off) and have cleaned up and given it some pretty paint lol. While I love the bike, it's comfortable, easy to ride and costs nothing to run...it's just getting a bit boring. And now that I have started uni and have been running up and down the highway, I feel that it just isn't happy travelling too far...perfect around town though. So I have been looking around, but there doesn't seem to be too much that takes my fancy. I did find a bloke selling a cbr250rr down the road, I gave it a test ride...i haven't had a smile on my face like that in a long time! The sound of the thing! My only worry is that there seems to be a HUGE divide between haters and lovers of this bike! One forum says that it's a serious bike, with a decent amount of go and handles like a dream. Or it's a piece of junk, too expensive and every other motorcyclist will be laughing a you? (Reminds me of the debate about Apple products haha!). Any way what do you suggest? I'm hoping to keep the next bike at least until my blacks(2-3 years)...perhaps longer. I'll summarise- I'm after any sporty bike that will take me to uni every day (10min) and capable on the highway for 2.5 hours. Something that handles well would be nice. Some decent fuel economy wouldn't be bad either! Must be NSW lams approved. Budget is about ~$4000, cheaper the better! Age isn't a concern. I will try to service the most of the bike myself. I'm normal-ish height (I think about 180cm?) Cheers!