HI all, I am begging my riding experience at the ripe old age of 42 (43 in November) I have my L's now and made a deposit on a 2014 DL 650 V-Strom. Its been 20 years since I last rode when me and my brother use to ride the bush around MT Sugarloaf just above Wet Wallsend in Newcastle. What a thrill it was to ride the V-Strom instant smile on my face as I changed up the gears so comfortable and being a large lad it sat just right under my big frame. I felt at home with great vision and the bike is so easy to ride a sheer pleasure. I should be picking it up in a few days and cant wait to start my training. I really want to make this bike and the new part of my life something I learn as much as I from riding as slow as I can, making u - turns and eventually feeling comfortable in long sweeping turns. I do have a ways to go and I'm the first to admit it, slowly does it one step at a time. So a few questions I have is when would it be a good time to take an advanced riders course or the like (I am yet to get my P's)? Any advice from other V-Strom riders on bike set up accessories etc and how does a learner rider improve, what things should one do drills etc? To this end are there any experienced riders in Newcastle that wouldn't mind showing an oldish do a few new tricks? Anyway as soon as I get the new bike will post a few pictures and keep you all in the loop as to how I go. PS: Netrider what a fantastic site for a learner rider like myself, I have read the new rider tips on cornering and it was fantastic. Keep up the good work. Cheers.