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  1. This could potentially kill the 'Your Latest Purchase' thread but :nnnn: If you're thinking of buying something post a link and/or picture here so that others can help you with your decision, and so you can see those nice pics every time someone replies, increasing the likelihood that you'll waste spend more of your hard-earned currency. Perhaps I'll start with this: ThrustMaster TH8RS 7+1 Speed Shifter To be of any decent use though I'd need to get my hands on one of these: TH8RS Fanatec Adaptor
  2. I'm getting sick of taking the train to work and getting stuck every time it rains or is too hot, and driving to work is just too expensive to do often (~$35 per day in tolls, parking, and fuel - that would be $140 per week compared to $45 per week on the train), and sometimes it doesn't save me any time if traffic is bad. So I'm somewhat interested in the idea of getting a decent motorbike to reduce time and costs (although obviously the initial outlay could be anywhere up to 10k). I've watched a lot of YouTube videos recently and have convinced myself that it doesn't look that hard if you take it easy and following some helpful guidelines to avoid being hit by others. I've booked in a whole day of training and a learner permit test next month which will help confirm/deny that theory. :) So now comes the tricky part, finding a bike that I like. I'd welcome your input, but as a guide I'm looking for the following: ~400-600cc (~47 HP) - LAMS (learner) approved (parallel twin/V-twin (2 cyl)). More upright riding position to help see over traffic (and is more comfortable) Fairing would be preferred + also a windshield as they reduce buffeting Decent mileage per tank of fuel Liquid cooled (not air cooled) (Relatively) Quiet on start-up so as to not wake up the neighbors in the morning Easy to read dashboard (i.e. can easily glance at speedo with sun-glare or at night). A Gear indicator would be handy I reckon, although these are uncommon. Reliable, not expensive to service. Leaning towards Japanese brands for this reason. So far standouts include bikes such as the Honda CB500X or Kawasaki Versys 650L or maybe Yamaha FZ6R or possibly the Suzuki GSX650FL (has a great dashboard but seems over the top). Those 600+cc bikes appear to be detuned from high performance models, which means you're paying for more than you're getting (and they're probably less learner-friendly than the Honda), but the upshot is that once you get a full license you could pay another $800 or so to have the restriction removed via ECU tune. That's assuming I actually want to go any faster. From what I've seen the Honda CB500 is quite torquey at lower revs (it only revs just beyond 8000rpm anyway), and can do 0-100 in around 6 seconds which is a little faster than the Golf, which I think is probably the sweet spot in terms of power for a learner. I haven't spent much time researching older bikes that may be discontinued (I think the learner power limits have recently been increased which is why there aren't many options above 300cc going back a few years), but if you guys have time and find something I'd be interested in having a look. Especially if you can find it for sale around Melbourne (and it shows the price). List of bike sales websites: Smilies - turboduck Here's what I've looked at so far... Honda CB500X Kawasaki Versys 650L Yamaha FZ6R Suzuki GSX650FL
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