Hello All, This is my very first post here so a big hello to everyone! Great site and forums, I am learning loads. I am a complete newbie in every sense of the word. I am 31, recently arrived on Australia’s shores from Ireland, and I have literally never ridden a motorbike before and I am going to do my L’s in mid December. I am pretty much as green as you get! As I am such a newbie, I am unsure whether this post is a tad premature. Nonetheless I thought I would say hello and ask a few questions, quite a few questions! I hope that you don’t mind helping me with them. I apologise in advance for the length, but I think I cover everything that a newcomer to motorcycling needs to know. First and foremost, the bike! I know this is probably the most common type of post for new motorcyclists, and like other newbies that post here, I value your informed, experienced opinions. I am keeping an eye out for a used bike. I am 6’4” tall, and I like the naked, traditional or cruiser style of bike as opposed to the more sporty numbers. My budget is $4000 for a bike (gear excluded). I have seen quite a few bikes that catch my eye, but what would you think is best for me as a learner? Which would be most comfortable for me and for a pillion passenger (if I have one)? Would a 250 be best or should I go a little bigger if I intend to take a pillion passenger? Here is a list of the bikes I like, please add ones that you think I have excluded and should consider, or comment on what’s there: ----Suzuki---- Bandit 250 GS500 GZ250 (Marauder 250) VL250 (Intruder 250) TU250 ----Honda---- VT250 CB400 CB250 Hornet 250 VTR250 Rebel Spada ----Kawasaki---- EL250 VN250 ZR250 ----Yamaha---- SR250 XVS250 (V Star 250) XV250 (Virago 250) Zeal 250 I have seen some bikes that are 2004 compliant, and from reading the posts here I have learned that compliance is no reflection on a bikes age. I have also seen some posts here regarding certain stores that sell nothing but 2004 compliance bikes, and it has put me off them. Would you recommend a showroom for my first bike or classifieds? As I have not been here that long, where is the best place to go in Sydney for a large selection of bikes? Secondly, and a factor that will also affect the type of bike I get is insurance. NRMA do an instant online estimate, but they only provide 3rd party only or Fully Comprehensive insurance. The proverbial feast or famine! I am aware of QBE, but they don’t do instant online quotes. I am interested in 3rd party, fire and theft or fully comprehensive insurance. What other motorbike insurance companies are there that provide such cover? Is NRMA’s online estimate calculator a good point of reference for a ballpark insurance quote? Finally, as result of reading posts on this site I intend on buying some gear before I get the bike, and ideally before I go for my L’s. I have seen some huge differences in the prices of helmets. What should I look for in a helmet? Ok, there are way more questions than I thought I had. I would appreciate any info on these questions, or on general newbie stuff. Oh, and once again... Hello!