Thanks for the words of advice Pat, all perfectly sound.
I tried the bike for size (I've got fairly short legs - they barely reach the ground when I'm standing up normally
), but the bike seemed all well and good - the saddle seemed a little wider, but no doubt, as middle age takes its toll - I'll grow into it...
The brakes really impressed me with their size - on my 125, I have one paltry disc on the front wheel, whereas this one has 2
discs, that each look almost twice the size of mine.
It wasn't the only bike I tried when I was their - a cruiser (which I didn't like the feel of - plus it was only a 200cc), and a sports bike style (again a 250cc), which looked good - but I felt the bike would look better than the rider.
Ultimately, it really boils down to what I can afford (it was intended to be a money-saving exercise after all), and the price for a new bike just looks too good to pass up. I have attached a photo from the internet.
Sure, it won't be as cutting edge as a second-hand one would be, but I'll be the first person to use it (which means I don't have to worry about abuse or bodged repairs). Being self-employed, I'm well aware of my vunerability on the road (no-one pays me when I'm sick), so I ride accordingly (keeping pace with the traffic, but always vigilant about risks).
Maybe once I make my millions, I can look to that M1800.
Thanks again for the reply.