Hi, I've been reading the forums for a week or two now, and am at a point where I need to ask a few questions. Summary (or tl;dr): I'm looking for comments on the training facilities I have nearby (SE Melbourne) I need advice on secondhand bikes (~$5k, what is too many km, what to lookout for); and I need advice on where to get gear for a big (fat) 6'/150kg bloke. --- I'm looking at a few training facilities nearish to me currently to do my rider training and testing at. They are: HART in Kilsyth (a bit of a hike) RikeTek at Sandown (probably closest); and Motorcycle Motion in Moorabbin. Can anyone recommend any one of these over another, or provide a warning about any of them? Now, I'm a big bloke. 6' tall, and 150kg. Yes, I'm fat. I'm working on that, but it's slow work. I'm in my late 30s and am looking at buying a house in the outer SE of Melbourne. This means a longer commute time, or having to get up at stupid-o-clock to drive and park at a train station. I've started thinking a bike may help reduce costs to some extent, and more importantly commute time compared to my mid 90's Jeep Cherokee that is currently my daily driver and weekend plaything (reduced fuel, tolls and parking - I understand servicing costs will be higher for a bike). I'm looking for a bike for commuting. Being big, I'm thinking that nothing under 400cc is going to cut it, though I have noticed a lot of 250cc bikes for sale second hand. I'm no speed demon, I got that out of my system in my youth, but I want something powerful enough to keep up with freeway traffic, and can get me out of trouble where needed. Is it worth considering a 250? I wear a suit everyday and I may not end up at the same work location everyday, so having lockable storage on the bike is a must. The bike should be able to store my suit + shoes, laptop bag and wet weather gear, and alternatively my helmet, and protective gear when I'm not on the bike. Finally, the bike also must be quiet, that is, no louder than your average car. I sometimes have to leave for work early, and I don't want the whole neighbourhood knowing that I'm leaving (or arriving home). I personally dislike noisy cars and bikes. So reading the above, you can forgive me for considering a maxi scooter. I don't give two s#!t$ about what anyone thinks about my masculinity or sexuality, so I'm considering them, but I'm looking at all options. If practicality was to be damned, then cruisers are probably more my style for a bike, the problems I've heard about them being if it rains, then all of you gets wet. Scooters also seem to be a lower cost item, and for the price have things like EFI and ABS. With a pending house purchase, I don't have a lot of disposable folding stuff to play with. I'm thinking $1k for gear, and maybe $4-5k for a bike, plus onroad costs. So obviously second hand bikes are front and centre for me. What I don't yet understand is what constitutes high kms for a bike, and what problems to look for with a bike. I know a spanner from a screwdriver so am not completely useless in that department. Bikes that I'm vaguely considering (but really I have no idea) are: GS500 AN400 FJS600D I'm not in a position to test ride any until I get my Ls, and even then it's going to take a while to get my confidence to put any bike through it's paces for a test, so I'm really reliant on other experienced riders. Finally, like everyone else, I need gear. I've a big head, but not off the scale, my feet are a relatively average size, but the bits in the middle are well above average - where can a big guy go to get a jacket and pants? I am slowly losing weight, so what fits today, is going to be too big in a years time. For that reason, I want to keep cost under control. Safety is an absolute priority though, my wife and my son demand it! Sorry for the wall of text, I'm trying to give enough information so that I can get meaningful advice. I'll continue reading the threads on the forum to get as much info as I can before I spend any dosh. Thanks for your time!