I've been on here researching and checking out a few things for a while so I thought I had better get around to saying Hi. Just got my Q-Ride Certificate of competency today. Still freaks me out a bit that after two days of learning and assessment I can go from never having ridden anything other than a pushy to having a licence (RE) and being let loose on the road. While the skills part of the lessons - slow riding, emergency braking and evasion from 40kph, hill starts and slalom where good, it was a bit of a leap hitting the streets and using more than 1st and 2nd gear in the road competency. Especially riding up to 80kph in the rain for the first time. I guess no better way to learn than the deep end. Been driving for 25 years (and cursing riders) so I guess that means I'm the right age to do compulsive things like this even if it doesn't impress my wife. Now I just have to get something to ride. Cruisers seem to appeal. Must be the chrome. Thanks for all the helpful tips and insights.