Hi I'm in Redland City, east of Brisbane. I floated the idea of a 50cc scooter with my wife a few months ago as we're only a single car family and with her going back to work full-time, it has necessitated a second mode of transport. The more I looked into it, it didn't seem like a safe proposition without motorcycle training, so why limit myself to a scooter? Hence the scooter idea has become a motorbike idea. Saftey was my only concern, as all I had ever heard are negative things about motorcycles (ironically not from my parents, my Dad was a rider when he was younger). A lot of safety reading and plenty of Youtube crash compilations has now given me a balanced perspective. I've taken my time with this decision, and I'm now set on doing this. A couple of half-hour paddock sessions on my mates old 80cc about 15 years ago was all the experience I had, so I'm counting that as nil. I have had problems getting started, it wasn't immediately obvious how someone in my situation should approach this; do I get the bike first, putt around the back streets under my Dad's supervision then some lessons, or do I go an get some basic lessons before getting the bike? My fear is that once I encounter traffic, I might suddenly have a distaste for this and will have wasted money on a bike (re-reading that just made me realise that I will have spent more money on lessons that is impossible to recover). Anyway I decided on lessons first. I've had a couple of lessons, at a local Q-ride facilitator, and they are excellent, enclosed track, so I'm not exposed to traffic, but I'm not sure if I'm getting the basics down with a couple of hours a week. I've paid up for another couple of lessons, but I'll see what advice I receive here before booking any more. Anyway, I discovered Netrider, after browsing various forums, and this site definitely appears that it has the most collective common sense, I'm sure I can learn a lot here. Intro post complete. Thanks for reading.