Well... middle age is fast approaching, have done the 'smart' and 'low-risk' thing all my life, then the financial planner gave us advice that was fantastic for his trailing commission, not so much for us. He's pissed away more of my money than I have which is a pleasure I have been too long denied. So - given that a couple of mates have gotten involved in motorbikes, plus the brother-in-law, all at sensible ages - I'm thinking of giving the motorbike thing a try. Why not live a cliche and have a mid-life crisis if you can afford it? After all, there's more to life than driving a Kia and watching your age go up and your mortgage go down. So I'm Queensland-based, an accountant, studying at Uni (still - it's a good way to hang out with young French chicks; unfortunately I think they think I am their Dad), and want to hopefully go for at least a few blats around the place - rather than a daily commute (hard to drop off kids at daycare on a motorbike, whatever their virtues). Although this fad has recently been rekindled by the mates getting motorbikes, it is an interest I've had for a while (mother made me promise not to get a motorbike when I was 18; when the BIL got one, she begged to be taken for a pillion ride! Grrr). Doing all the homework, and thinking about the risk, so long as you do the safety course (in Queensland it's QRide), don't buy a motorbike that's insanely overpowered for your skill level (as an accountant, though, anything in excess of 50cc probably exceeds my hand-eye coordination capabilities), go ATGATT and be sure to practice, learn and ride like you're invisible you've got a pretty fair chance of living to old age. I'm thinking strongly of the Yamaha cruiser range, thinking XVS650 Custom (LAMS comes in here in Queensland in a few days time). Partly because the mates have one, partly because they don't quite look like death warmed up as the sportsbikes do, partly because I like the idea of cruising at my advanced age, and partly because my back goes into spasms just looking at the riding position of sportsbikes. But I could be wrong - I may go sports-tourer eventually. Any advice for a newbie greatly welcomed.