You say you want a bike that's a joy to ride.. but in what manner?
The bikes that are listed in your group range are sports bikes and are built for speed. They can be a bit uncomfortable on a long run.
You get your usual 'workhorse' bikes too and your 'commuters'.
Also there are 'trail' bikes.. so you gotta work out what you want your bike to do, the sort of roads you'll be riding on the most, and what you
want to get out of riding bikes.
So, in order of running costs/insurance costs etc, it roughly looks like this
( Just to give you an idea)
Although there wont be too much difference in them all, spending 150 on a rear tyre instead of 80 can be quite a difference.
If i were you, I would look around as many bike shops as you can.. find a few bikes you like the look of. Sit on them if the sales staff allow, get
the feel of them.
Write down the make and model of the bikes you've cast your eyes over, then go do some research as to what types of bikes they are, including all the
I've been a biker for many years and love the Kawasaki Z series, but they're a bit out of your league right now. They are four cylinder air cooled
(now liquid too) 'workhorse' bikes. Give more comfort than a sports, with almost as much power as a sports, but are heavier and not as easily thrown
around as a sports. Yet the Z series will just keep on running.. they'll happily sit at 100mph for 4 hours.
There's a multitude of bikes out there..and I'm sure you'll find something to your tastes and needs. It just takes a bit of research.
Once you've found a bike ...you'll then be looking into helmets, gloves, jackets, trousers boots, foul weather gear ..chain lube... etc etc etc..
all good fun..
On a side note, the Kawasaki Z 1000cc bikes were the bikes used in the first Mad Max film.
The Z series is classed as a sports/tourer...
Here's a piccy of one...
Arai are my favourite make of helmet. The rest of the clothing is wide and various and open to more choice.
One thing's for sure..once you've got a few weeks experience of bike riding, you'll never see the roads (or life) in the same light.
There's a UK bikers magazine called AWOL (another way of life) and it really is.. you're on the move yet you're not as caged in as car drivers and
you get to feel the environment and your surroundings in a new manner.
No doubt you'll have many more questions soon... and hopefully a bike to go with them
good luck in finding what you want...