Hi there. Iâ€™ve been lurking on NR for a while and thought Iâ€™d go the next step and introduce myself. Not really sure what to say so Iâ€™ll start with a rundown of my riding history. Iâ€™ve been riding on an everyday basis for 18 years now and was interested in bikes for several years before that, although parental disapproval, poverty and doubts about my own abilities resulted in a latish start at the age of 22. If you donâ€™t count the Lambretta Vega 75 I had briefly as a field bike when I was 15 (and if Iâ€™d known how rare it was I probably wouldnâ€™t have bent it and then removed the motor to use as a stationary power plant), I started on a Honda C90 step thru (brilliant learner bike), graduating through an assortment of CZ and Jawa 250s and 350s (which were fantastically cheap to run because complete strangers would give me free ones) to a loathsome Honda CB400N (worst bike in the world bar none), an MZ TS250 (superb apart from the lethal lack of brakes) and, finally in the UK, a Suzuki GSX550 (the ultimate air-cooled middleweight and vastly superior in every way to the Kwak GPz 550s and GT550s all my mates were running at the time) with and without the sidecar I built for it. These were punctuated with various C90s when the main bike died, a brief interlude building a GS550 based chop with a mate, and regular use of my wifeâ€™s Triumph T100 (physically too small and vibrated like you wouldnâ€™t believe but a nice little bike nonetheless) and breathed on Norton Commando 850 Mk IIA (a terrifying streak of noise and oil with less brakes than the MZ, more torque than a D9 Cat and the ability to transform anyone who rode it into a grinning, drooling, cackling lunatic). Since coming to Australia Iâ€™ve moved upmarket with a high mileage BMW K100RS, followed by a mildly crashed R1100RT, supplemented by test rides on various odds and ends. The Kâ€™s in process of being transformed into a chair puller for my wife to blat around on, although progress isnâ€™t quick. Iâ€™m Perth (Hills) based and always happy to talk bikes and related matters with anyone of like mind. Apart from that Iâ€™m a qualified mechanical engineer, a reasonably experienced (amateur) mechanic and Iâ€™ve also dealt extensively with vehicle related legislation, both as a lobbyist (active MAG member in the UK) and as a legislator (WA Dept of Transport for 5 years but not any more) so I hope I may be able to make a positive practical contribution here. Anyhow, thatâ€™s me. See you on the forums (fora?).