Hi guys, Recently joined this site and have only 5 weeks ago purchased my first bike, a Honda CBR650F LAMS. I've been thinking about getting a bike for some time, held off mainly because... well, to be honest I didn't trust myself not to do something stupid when I was younger. Then I had my first son and a couple of years disappeared, so I realised that if I didn't get a bike now, I would likely never do it. Finally, on the day before my second son was born, I picked up my bike. Best thing I've ever done (other than having my family) I love riding, the sheer involvement of it, the level of attention required and the feel of the road through my legs. It is all encompassing and exceptionally rewarding, at least for me. I love the challenge of having to learn a ton of new stuff. I'm also glad I waited until my thirties, until I had a good fifteen years of road experience under my belt before getting the bike; I suspect I would have done the aforementioned stupid thing if I had not. I commute every day from SE Melbourne into the CBD; here's what I've learned so far: You (collectively) are right - we are invisible Taxi drivers don't seem to pay a lot of attention to where they merge Trucks are really big Leading with the chin and shoulder into corners is bloody magic; you look and presto! the bike goes in that direction Riding in the rain is awesome fun There's a lot to learn Also, big thanks to Robsalvv and Mouth for the exceptional depth and breadth of resources and insight you guys have provided on this site. Especially the tip about leading with the chin and the n00b rider 101 posts. Anyway, glad to be part of the community. Cheerio!