call me pesimistic... i'm thinkin of getting a bike, not as a daily commuter but a fun vehicle i will ride most probably on weekends and sometimes during the week. actually it's kinda something i've been wanting to do for about 10 years now. getting to that stage where i'm getting older, and pretty sure will get old and regret not trying. everybody, and i mean EVERYBODY i've spoked to about riding bikes says that it's dangerous, and all had broken a bit of their body at some stage involving a bike. so yes, i'm sh!t scared... :? i would want a cruiser, am favouring the xvs650 yamahas. i'm thinking if i make it sound REALLY loud, i would be easier to get noticed by idiot drivers maybe even slightly intimidate them to not try kill me. also because of the width of the bike, it could absorb more of a hit from another vechicle? or lamp post? and if i DO get his *swallows wood* i'm not gonna fly as far? also, with the practicality of riding. i'm not going to ride in the rain... it'd be too hot to wear a protective jacket in summer, and winter is too cold to ride even if i wear a jacket? am i right? probably the wrong section for this. but i've got a jeep wrangler 2000 that i'm thinkin of selling. i'd have the money to put down for a house and get a bike as well. as a DD i will drive my old volvo around. do bike shops do trade in for bikes with cars? or is anyone looking for a jeep?