Time for the first post, where to begin. Basically next year in July I'm headed to Romania for 3 months to stay with some very close family friends, and after that I'm headed to Vietnam to do the same. Since I'll be staying in a rural part of Romania I'm planning on buying a motorcycle and shipping it over with me. My only issue is that i have never ridden so much as bicycle in my life and am hoping to use the next year to learn how not to get myself killed. I figure I'll buy a Ninja EX250 to learn on, and buy a more trip appropriate bike a bit later. My question is, what do you guys recommend for a trip like this? Obviously the first instinct is to buy something that looks cool, like a sportsbike, but I'll be touring around several eastern European countries, and south east Asia, I'm just figuring the roads will be quite unforgiving. Any advice would be immensely appreciated.