G'day guys, I've recently picked up my learner's permit, and have been bitten by the motorcycling bug I guess. I decided to do the course and test because I drive a Holden Commodore every single day between 250 and 450km, so I'm hoping to replace my weekend driving with weekend riding eventually. I never thought I'd ride a motorcycle as my father was permanently disabled by a motorcycle accident in his early 20's, but driving so much has turned driving into work which isn't good for other parts of life. I've just signed all the paperwork on a Honda CB500X ABS brand new, I know a lot of people(including my learners instructor) say buy second hand for your first bike, but I will not ever purchase something without a warranty lasting at least as long as I plan to keep it. Plus I'm quite tall for a rider at 6'4" and I found most bikes just plain don't fit between pegs close to seat, seat too low, knee or hip angle too tight. Plus ABS can be hard to find on second hand bikes around me I found, and every safety feature is a necessity in my eyes. On the personal front I'm based in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, I'm a mobile locksmith and spend a lot of time on the road. I play cricket in the summer locally, and football in the inner suburbs through the winter, I plan to use my bike to commute to these, the bar at my sporting clubs will suffer for it. I plan to see my local training provider Ride Tek MTA whom I did my learner course with for further skills, and in the extensive lurking I have done over the past couple weeks I'd also like to attend the practise day in St Kilda occasionally once I have the confidence to ride that distance from home.