Hey guys, As the title implies, I've been lurking these forums ever since I got interested in riding, and joined in January but never posted until now lol. My name's Nick, 20yo UNSW student living in the St George area of Sydney. I've been riding since January but still on my L's - I've been pretty lazy to go get my P's but I'm finally feeling motivated to do so . First bike was a 1989 Yamaha FZR250 which I bought off Gumtree. Was fun at first but I dropped it a couple of times and was a nightmare ever since. Everything imaginable would go wrong with it - air filter issues, broken clutch, snapped throttle cable, all culminating with this nice little mess which occurred one morning riding on the M5 to uni for an exam: http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/6329/ripyam.jpg (can you not link to images directly?) Note the hole I've circled, lol. This only happened about 200m from the start of the tunnel, so I'm very grateful that didn't happen in there. Luckily I only lived around the corner and a tow that just happened to be passing by gave me a free lift home. Bike's still been rotting in the driveway ever since, and wasn't riding for 2 months until last week when I bought my mate's 2006 GS500F. Awesome bike, a dream to ride so far, but had a couple of scares locking up the rear. I've realised the Suzuki definitely needs a lot more front brake love than the Yammy. Took it for a cruise to Lithgow and back the other day - another big scare was almost being blown off the bike by a huge crosswind on the Gt Western coming into Lithgow. Anyway now that I'm out of my shell, I hope to meet and mingle with you all. Cheers!