2 weeks since filling out the first paperwork to buy my first bike but I finally picked it up today. Partly delayed due to the storm we had the day after I filled out the initial paperwork I got the keys to my brand new Suzuki Inazuma 250 this afternoon! I was so happy to be able to ride it home today after a pretty hectic 2 days of dealing with the insurance company and the bank for my loan. The first ride was a 35 minute trip from Newcastle city to my home. Near peak hour traffic but a wonderful sunshine! I have to say I was very nervous as I had not had a chance to ride this bike before (only sat on it a few times during the last few weeks). But all went well, the first 10 minutes was stop-start low speed traffic so I was able to get used to braking, shifting and taking off properly. The later half of the trip had a long 80 km/h zone in it but I got nearly every traffic light on my way home so it was great! Not easy to follow the engine break in procedure on your first ride home ... but I managed to follow it pretty closely. After an hours break at home I went out again for my second ride, this time in the dark (yep, can't avoid it so better to get into it from day 1 ! ) There was very very little traffic in town and I had a blast riding thru all the 50-60 zones with the entire road for myself. Shifting up and down thru the gears, plenty engine breaking and some low speed maneuvers around the roundabout finished my first day. I was thinking of going for a late night trip after dinner but decided to call it a day. Tomorrow will be sunny again! Can't wait till work's finished!