Hi, I am new to net rider, but I thought I would post up a summery of my first few weeks riding. I bought a Yamaha XS250 for $600 and sat my learners test in the following week, and everything went smoothly because I have had some riding experience in the past. So the next day I took my certificate into ServiceTas to sit the exam (which was also easy as i have been driving for a couple of years) and then I decided to ride my bike to work that day. This was fine and I scored a great park right under my work. So the first few days of riding were similar to the first and apart from stalling once at the lights I didnt have any issues.......until my day off came, I had been looking forward to a day of riding since I bought the bike so in the morning I couldnt wait to get out there, but when I got to the eastern shore (of Hobart) it was rianing quite heavily and my helmet was fogging up, I headed to my girlfriend's house and then tragety happened... I was slowing up in her street and the all of a sudden my back wheel locked up (I was using the rear brake as it was really slippery) and I couldnt accelerate out of trouble as i was heading for a row of parked cars. So I went over, hard. The bike looked pretty stuffed and I thought I must've broken my wrist for the pain I was in. Luckily my good friend has a trailer, so the bike was towed back to my garage. The next day was a Saterday so there were no wreckers open, and I was very sore in all of my muscles (I must have tensed up a lot during the crash), so I inspected the bike: Broken headlight, Indicators, clutch lever, gear lever, speedo/tacho cable, mirrors and some scratches On the monday I rang my friend at the wreckers, and with great luck he had a donor bike for me. So $160 later I had all the bits to fix my bike, and for the next 4 days thats what I did (the wiring was the hardest, it made me lose a lot of sleep), oh, I must say that the reason I had all this time to work on the bike was because after telling work about my accident and my unability to work the coming few days they promptly fired me (fcuked, i know, i appealed, but it turns out thy had the right thanks to Mr. Howard). So after spending some quality time with the bike it was going again, and in better condition than when I bought it. Since then I have been riding heaps around different areas to build up my skill, so hopefully I won't go down again. Anyway, that is my story. Or the start of a very long bike story rather. Lucky it was only a $600 bike.