Hello, I'm RenÃ©e and have just bought my first bike. I have always dreamt of riding but never dared. Then, earlier this year just before my 36th birthday I was ill....to the point I started searching my soul....I only had one regret - not learning to ride. Better now & have my L's and a Kawasaki GPX250R Ninja, 2006 model. I love it!!! I am totally consumed by it. I live in a very hilly area and don't have friends with bikes so can't get the bike to flat places people recommend for learning without having enough experience to ride there. Consequence - I am learning to ride in hilly places & can now ride to the flatter places for more practice. I figure hills, although they are difficult, are a pretty good place to learn. I am so happy with my bike & want to ride it all the time! I am also really pleased with the kindness of other bike riders...I was riding in my local area last week & coming up to a stop sign. A guy on a bike overtook a couple of cars & came & sat just behind me...a little bit of moral support. I thought that was so cool!!! Just wish I could have told him. I love this forum & I have had some great advice...thank you!!!!