Hi from Brissie, I will be upgrading from a scooter to a motorbike next week (hopefully) and have been doing tonnes of research on first bikes and been through the forums here, really helpful. I am 5'1" female and have been riding a 150cc scooter everyday to work and even for longer rides to Maleny and Mount Mee (Yes I did get some stares) with motorcycle buddies. My Qride instructor warned me that if I get addicted to riding, I will have to do Qride again. DOH! He was right, I didn't think my initial intention of commuting became a full-time addiction. I blame motorbikes. Issue is I will be a novice motorbike rider but have been road-riding in traffic, open roads etc. Do I go for VTR250 or G650GS?? I have gotten differing opinions from my bikie friends, some say buy the bike you want and not a stepping stone, others say go for a POS 150cc motorbike (hummm, I am already finding the 150cc scooter a little lacking, even though I have gotten to 110km/h on it no problems). Price is also another consideration, if I get a VTR250 second hand, a good one will be around $5k and there are some GS around low k's for $10k. I DO NOT want to drop a $10k bike!! Also, how does a larger displacement bike ride compared with a 250? Current scooter is probably about 130kg wet, VTR is around 160kg wet, I think GS about 190kg. Any thoughts welcome, I really need to think this through Thank you!