Ok, so it seems I'm in the market for a new bike. Having been riding for a touch over a year now, and with winter nearly set in, I have decided to hold off till spring to actually PURCHASE my next bike. That and there's a possibility of going to germany in the new year, though it might be better to put this aside till 2014 if my studies allow it. Nonetheless, research time! I have yet to actually go out and test-ride any of these bikes, I'm not neglecting it as yet it's just that it's assignment time for me at the moment and a trip into the city for a day just to ride bikes isn't really an option this week. Soon though! My requirements go something along the lines of: Something NEW. Given my last bike's range of health issues, from minor hiccups to the sudden but expected 40k epiry on some parts and the like... I'd like to try something with less than 10,000km on it. Maybe off the showroom floor. Probably ex-demo at best though. Fuel Injected. The carbies on my last bike just drove me spare. Maybe it was just that bike. Maybe it was something else. Maybe I'm over-reacting a little bit but hey, I'm a child of the computer age. Embrace the new technology I say! Besides, I'm trying something new here so FI would be that. 250cc or smaller. Why go bigger for a student commuting to uni and the girlfriend's place where 80km is the limit? Sure I'll do some freeway stuff but it's hardly the norm and I'm close to the city. Besides which modern 125's CAN do 100. Though I may be a bit tall for some. The CBR125 feels like a pushbike and sems to have been designed for folks the girlfriend's size (about 160 cm) not mine (178 cm). Though if I ever win tatslotto I have her b'day pressie picked out... The shortlist: So far, quick research have turend up the following: Daelim VJF250. Pros: Wow that price tag. Seen them for 4,300 for the 2011 model off the showroom floor, nothing on the clock. Bound to come down. Dual disc front brakes. It might be overkill but... providing you don't lock who can complain about more braking power? Good in an emergency... Sexy. As. Hell. Cons: No kill switch. Why they ommited this I don't even want to speculate on. You'd think it was the simplest thing in the world to through in there, but hey. Build Quality. This isn't a con so much as a question to VJF owners. I've heard on some discussions that it's about 5 years behind hoyasung, and that it could easily be more prone to various faliures. Is this just the early 80's fear of the universal japanese motorcycle all over again but set in Korea, or are there legitimate concerns? Gearbox: My experience on my old CB250 left me feeling that bike would have been awesome with just one more gear... I can't hep but feel perhaps the same might be said for this bike... no test ride yet though. Power: Though not measily at 16 kw, it's also a bit heavier than the CBR. 2011 CBR250 Pros: Lots of them about, second hand and new. Good Rep. In solid colour the styling is quite unusual but it has flair. 6 speed. 1.7 more killer wasps than the daelim on a lighter bike. Cons: Pricier than the Dealim - is this just branding or is there some serious bang coming for my extra muhlah? Style: Solids are great but the trademark honda red white and blue? Not my fave. Seat -heard it's a bit hard? Yamaha YZF R15. Pros: This thing is a featherweight. Dunno if that's a pr or a con in terms of riding feel, but i'll through it in here for fuel consumption and p/w reasons. Price. It's a 150. I read the retail new was 4k, making it the cheapest of the bunch Known company. Cons: It's a little less powerful, as is to be expected by a 150. I can't help but wonder what that will do with me (nearly 90 kilos in leathers = helmet) on board. So folks... what's missing? Those who own these bikes, let me know your experiences/opinions! Am I missing a contestant? Tell me about it! All advice welcome and encouraged!!!