Even though many of you guys suggested I go for something bigger, I ended up getting a 2006 VN250 instead of an 800cc. I figured itâ€™d be a nice introduction to cruisers, is small enough to handle the peak hour traffic Iâ€™ll be using it in, and I can always upgrade in 6 months anyway. I managed to find one online with 2,000km on the clock, 2 months warranty left, and for only $6,250. After inspecting it and seeing that it was basically in brand new condition, I had no hesitation in laying down the cash. Considering the Kawa stealer was trying to sell me a brand new one for $9,500, I reckon I got a pretty damn good deal! Riding it home was an interesting affair â€“ I havenâ€™t ridden a manual since my first Stay Upright Learnerâ€™s Course â€“ the Vespa LX125 Iâ€™ve been riding for the last couple of years was an automatic. Pick up was way out in Denham Court, which is over an hour ride back to my place in Surry Hills. Due to having a 9 to 5 job, and being far too impatient to wait until the weekend, I got my girlie to drive me out there on Wednesday night. It probably wasnâ€™t such a good idea, going for my first ride on a manual in the pitch black, but I figured it was safer to ride at night in the dry, than risk riding on the weekend in the wet. Thankfully I didnâ€™t embarrass myself too much in front of the buyer, managing to not to imitate a kangaroo on the way out, though I did over-rev it a tad. The plan was to hit the M5, following my girlieâ€™s car, and ride all the way into the city. Little did we know that the M5 was closed, and we ended up getting a tad lost in upper whoop whoop. I think I stalled the bike at least 15 times at traffic lights, one time I stalled it 3 goes in a row, right in front of a very patient truckie. But I made it home in one piece, and canâ€™t wait for some clearer weather to really enjoy it. Had a 2 hour ride around the city today, and have noticed how much harder work it is to ride a bike than a scooter â€“ I got a good workout! As you guys are the keepers of all knowledge related to things with two wheels, I was hoping you could help me out with the following questions: 1.) Whatâ€™s the best method for hill starting? Iâ€™ve been practising in my underground car park, but Iâ€™m having very mixed results. 2.) When I bought the bike, all they had was the key and rego papers. Should I get a manual? Is there any paperwork for the warranty? I have no idea when itâ€™s due for a service, as there was no log book (other than the lack of paperwork, the bike looks as if itâ€™s been well cared for though). 3.) Iâ€™m having issues with first gear. Finding it, to be precise. When Iâ€™m at the lights, I click the gear lever all the way down, but it doesnâ€™t always go into first, no matter how hard I push it. Iâ€™ve figured out that if I let the clutch out a little bit when Iâ€™m in second gear, thereâ€™s a little clunk noise like the bike is going into gear, and then I can select first. Is this normal? 4.) Whereâ€™s a good place to buy protective clothing in Sydney? I went out to MCA in the city, and they were extremely helpful. Only problem is that due to my small frame, none of the Aussie jackets they stock fit me â€“ I need a size 36. The Italian jackets fit, but they start at $700, which is twice the price of the Aussie gear. Iâ€™m thinking Iâ€™m going to buy helmet, jacket and gloves all from the same place, provided they can offer a bit of a deal on the bundle â€“ what sort of % off can I expect? Now that Iâ€™ve got my baby, Iâ€™m gonna get some practice before hitting the peak hour traffic to work, and then I look forward to meeting some of you guys on a ride! Thanks again for all of your advice, and I'll see ya on the roads!