*ahem* sorry, forgot to do this. Hi! I'm 'new' to netrider, though I've been lurking on here for years reading all of the tons of useful (and not so useful, ha ha) advice for newbies, with a view to getting a bike at some point. Recently a mate of mine got his license and a bike and has been on and on about how much he loves it, and I realised I'd been putting off doing it myself for no good reason. So, I booked my Ls and started spending an obscene amount of time looking at bikes online for my first bike to learn on. I'm a computer systems engineer with over a decade of experience in that industry. I work with high end UNIX systems mostly. None of this, unfortunately, gives me any insight into motorcycles, unless they happen to have a computer system wired into them. I live in Sydney with my wife, and when I finally get a bike and my learners permit, will be commuting to work every day on it.