My story... Spent heaps of time looking at bikes, suzuki, honda, ducati, yamaha..... November - conpleted my permit test with HART, that was fun and stressful at the same time December - settled on and purchsed my CBR500RA been riding nearly every day Experiences so far 1. Day 1 First ride, straight from the dealer to home, sore knuckles !!!!!! 2. Day 2 Ride around the local streets 3. day 3 Repeat above 4. Repeat above, in drizzle....... 5. Ride to work 6. repeat above, deal with tail gater. Shit head, freaked me out, driving 2 pr 3 metes behind me at times 7. Talked to another rider at work about tail gaters told me to tap brakes and get em to back off 8. Ride to work again, taail gater again, seriously at 100kph havin someone a few meteres behind is crazy. Took some time but they got the idea. I work near the airport and have crazy limo drivers up my behind. 9. Cintinued to ride to work, for two weeks straight. 10. Christmaz brake (typo i will leave as is), had my first ride in full on rain and gusty wind. Freaky........go drenched, wheel spin on the exit of a round about. 11. Read up on some basics on netrider, cornering etc. 12. Back to work This week. Been practising some of those lessons. Skmetimes nervous, taking things seriously, but havin fun and i can see my confidence slowly increasing. Cheers Floyd AKA pete. Ps. Love my bike, classic HONDA colours, Tri Colour, got the Akropovic clipon + hard cowl to replace the pillion seat.