I have been lurking and reading a bit of stuff on here for a few weeks and the time has come for an intro. My name is Mike, I have just started riding at age 43 and have just bought my first bike. Looks like this is a good community with plenty of experience and knowledge, both of which I am building up from Noob level. It started about 6 weeks ago when I was on holidays and decided to do a riding course to get my licence to get a new skill and also for enjoyment. Did my learners online before the rule change but couldn't get on a course until early October. So did my course last week and had an absolute ball - had no idea I would enjoy it this much. I did a 2 day course - 1 day training + the Q-ride day which ended with me getting my RE licence. I deliberately didn't touch a bike before the training course - wanted to ingrain good habits from the get go. I am eyes wide open about learning to ride with a 40 year old brain rather than a 20 year old brain - lots of road experience to draw on but brand new to bikes and starting from beginner level. I know an accept the risks that are out there and do everything I can to minimise them. I looked at the 2nd hand market for a bike but for what I wanted the ones in my area were overpriced and there wasn't a huge selection. Ended up getting a good deal on a new MT-03 which turned up today and I love it. At the start of a huge learning curve which is a little daunting but very exciting. Anyhoo, that's enough. Mike.