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    Dude, it really sounds like you've got a built in upgrade path. Learn on the CB400 and then when the W800's hit the second hand market, upgrade then. Done.
     
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    I'd personally go with the CB400, they seem pretty popular and I think it's a great style of bike to start on. That said, it's really up to you if the W800 is what you want and you can afford to put it through a few low speed drops (not a guaranteed thing, but pretty likely), then go for it.
     
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    I just saw your post on Netrider.... looks 50/50 at this stage lol.... but I agree with the other person, and I said it to you before. Go with your heart. It sounds like you want someone to give you permission to go and get the W800.... You don't need permission from anyone. You're an adult, I'm assuming you can afford the bike brand new, it is on the ACT LAMS list...so just go with your heart. Just be prepared to pay out on the costs of running the bike, as others have mentioned, and if you drop it (highly likely) then you will get cosmetic damage that you will have to repair or live with.... then think about resale value etc. BUT if you can live with all that then just do it. As I said, I love my CB400.....for now..... but believe me I WILL be upgrading when I'm able to and ready, and no doubt you will too.... cheers
     
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    Diana - you are on the money I think!!!! Thanks for articulating it for me... I think I'm wanting "bike-knowledgeable-people" and "people who know what they are doing" (as I don't) to give me permission!

    I did do two big backflips yesterday... In the morning I had decided that even just on the money side alone.... CB400 was the way I should go.
    Friends at work have one for sale, about 12 months old, 1800kms, and only dropped once (minor scratched in three places on the R hand side). At least I wouldn't be the firs tone to drop it or scratch it either?!?! I can proabaly post posts of it somewhere / here / elsewhere?
    $8500 vs $13000 BIG DIFFERENCE.

    Then I went to CMC to watch another friend (also L's) pick up his new Vulcan 900.
    Sat on both CB400 and W800, and again, because I don't know what I'm doing, switched back purely by looking at both bikes! Looking at the W800, even sitting on it (and you probably saw my observations on both - can't remember if that was here or Netrider), flipped back to W800 - although I realise it isn't probably a common sense decision.


    But I do think you are on to something with your post - that I hadn't realised. So thank you.
     
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    IMG_0202.jpg IMG_0201.jpg IMG_0204.jpg W800 1.jpeg

    Minor scratched on exhaust didn't really show in the photo... but the other two lots did further forward on the engine.
     
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    LOL...that's what I get paid the big bucks for... :lol But in saying that, just know that I am NOT bike knowledgable by any means... However I do understand how the human being ticks..
     
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    Can't wait to meet you though - once I have either bike - and have worked up the courage to ride it on the road!
     
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    David - you seems to be having the classic purchasing decision dilemma - practicality versus awesomeness. Given that you are not yet a confident rider, I'd go with the CB400, own it for about a year, then if the W800 is still pushing your buttons, then get one. If you go with this plan, then I'll bet you'll change your mind a number of times on which bike you will upgrade to as you learn more about riding and what riding style you really like. ;)
     
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    Simple, heart or head....

    Epona's assessment is on the money. We don't need to give you permission. Your choice, your consequences.
     
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    Or even an upgrade path from W800 to Bonneville!?!?! :cool:
     
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    Indeed. It's great to have a progression plan.
     
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    Well just came from Canberra Motorcycle Centre...
    [insert very big grin here]

    put my deposit down on a Kawasaki W800!

    WOOHOO!!!!
     
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    Woo! Congrats! When do you get it?
     
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    I am sure that you will be very happy with it :) Grats on your new ride!
     
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    Not sure yet - due to work commitments probably not until Fri or Sat.
    Then need to work out whether I will ride it out of the dealer or get it delivered home.
    [in addition to being a brand new rider... I noticed the BOM has showers on Fri / Sat... so not sure about riding it out of the dealer for my first ride.... let alone in the rain?!?!]
     
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    I wouldn't recommend having your first ride on the road in traffic also be your first time in the rain. If you decide to do it, just take it really easy.
     
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    completely agree Paul! That was why I didn't commit to a pick up time / day in the dealer this afternoon...
    wanted to check a range of things - weather / traffic / everything!!!!

    I will indeed be very nervous I'm sure!
    Next job tonight - quotes for insurance, then get stuck into Google Maps to work out the most traffic avoiding / easy route home - if I indeed decide to ride not get it delivered.
     
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    Woohoo...I'm so happy for you, and kind of glad you went with your heart. I'm sure you'll thank yourself down the track. If you have to ride home have someone go with you, they could stick behind and make sure cars don't drive up your ass.....
     
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    Good stuff. Congratulations
     
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    Congrats mate :up
     
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