Helo people, Soon to be new rider, so's I thought I'd better get the intro's done. Take heart, and be kind, I can get pretty verbose. I go by Blunty online, name's Nate. I'm a Tasmanian, and I'm 25 and thus far in my life I've gotten on just fine without a licence (car or otherwise), walking where I can, Public transport where I can't - (usually busses), lately that has begun to bug me, particularly the smelly, wreched human filth I'm forced to "expeirience" when on the bus. the walking I don't mind. i rather enjoy it actually.... aaaanyway, the missus just (and I mean just, as in yesturday) got her first car, and in the lead up to that purchace I started thinking more and more about the advantages of self relyant transportation. I'd been attracted to bikes and scooters for quite some time now, mainly because of the built-in "cool factor" but as I seriously considered the idea more and more I started to see more "real world" benefits. So I started the research, I've spent the last couple of weeks trauling the net for all kinds of info on bikes and scooters and all the related safety equipment, riding and safety tips, the culture, the online communities (the best of which I've found is this one, hence my joining it). I made my decision on what I'd like to ride, a scooter (hold the jokes, I've read 'em all ) I justify this decision by three main points, cheap, extremely economical to run, and fun. and seeing as we (the missus and I) now have a car for lugging things, and people, around, long trips etc the main use for the scooter will be cheap easy nimble transportation that's also got a lot of fun built in. plus (and I know I'm probably gonna be in the minority here) I've always thought scooters are very very cool (ever since, as a child, I saw "stoney" on one in the movie "encino man") I've decided the scooter I like is the EZ-100 by Hyosung (a relatively new player in the australian market, said to be the "daewoo of the motorcycle market in australia") 100cc 2stroke air cooled, and will get about 30K to the litre... every thing I've read about the scoot says it's a good, solid, relyable performer easily abe to keep up with traffic, and pull away from it quite smartly... and for $3000+orc it's a bargain compared to everything else I've looked at. any one have any experience with this model, or the brand in general? I even have my Helmet already picked out. A HJC ac-11, the L fits me like a glove and is very light and VERY comfortable, and seems to breathe well (important for me as I tend to sweat easily) all I need to decide on now is the gloves (same requirements as the helmet) a good summer/winter jacket, and some good boots that won't look silly when I'm walking around with 'em on. I've been studying my road rules, I've found out how much, where and when the pre L's morotcycle safety course is in my part of Aus, and the P's course as well... after I come back from my trip to LA at the end of March I'll be getting it all together and hitting the streets. I'm very exited. so... HI.