Hi all. Well today I passed my Q-ride, happy to say the instructor was quite impressed, especially given my 0-none knowledge of bikes prior to yesterday. Most of the road craft stuff is similar to what you SHOULD be doing in a car (as much as some people may beg to differ), only far more pronounced, so it was fairly easy for me to pick up. Anyway! Point of the topic. So now I've decided I'd like to get addicted to motorbikes its time to purchase one! Below is a list of all the bikes I've come across that seem to be ok based on the limited information on 250s about. Basically what I am after is peoples thoughts on these bikes, for a price point of about $4k max ($2.5-3 is really what I'd like to be spending). I've done a search, and found some info, but its 3-4 years old now and was fairly limited. So some up to date info on reliablity, parts, servicing pricing, potential resale etc would be apprecated. Or bikes to just stay away from. Only going to be riding on weekends, and absoultly no commuting will be done on the bike. Plan would be in 12-18 months (pending riding ability) to upgrade to something bigger and fairly new. Possible Bikes Honda CB250F Hornet VT250 Spada VTR250 (yeah I know these don't really fit in the budget, may streach for a really good example) Kawasaki GPX250 ZZR250 Balius Suzuki Bandit 250 (GSF) Across?? Yamaha FZX250 Zeal So thoughs appreciated. If my searching skills are lacking, links to threads would also be helpful. Thanks all for your help!