I am a new rider. First lesson was about 18 months ago. But after thinking about it for 12 months decided to have another lesson and a go at getting my learners. Woo hoo!! I passed it!! Then on to buying a bike. After chatting to lots of people and sitting on many bikes in many show rooms I settled on a Honda Shadow VT400. It is just beautiful! Sits so well on the road and it looks after this learner! I think that as a learner there is so much information available. If I didn't understand a point about riding e.g. counter steering; there was so many videos, magazine articles and people to chat to that helped all to sink in. It is such a great community to be a part of, every rider I have come across has created a new conversation and one that may never have happened before. I look forward to being part of this online community and participating in many more conversations! Chat soon.