Hi all, Iâ€™ve been lurking in the back ground for awhile, gathering lots of info and tips on bikes. Itâ€™s a great forum here so I thought Iâ€™d say hi and thanks. I picked up a new Suzuki M50 yesterday (yep in the rain) and canâ€™t wait to put some kms on it â€¦ Itâ€™s been a few years since Iâ€™ve last owned a bike â€¦ and after riding a mates for a day, a couple of months ago, I was hooked again â€¦ I started my bike search with a clean slate â€¦ compared each of the different categories and what models were currently out there with what I wanted to get out of riding â€¦ After riding a Honda Valkyrie for a couple of years, I wanted something a little smaller â€¦ less weighty, more nimble and quick in the corners â€¦. My riding plans involve lots of twisties, a bit of touring, and probably every day commuting â€¦ The final choices came down to the Suzuki M50 and the Suzuki VStorm. Why they are both Suzukiâ€™s I do not know as I looked at all makes and models â€¦ they just provided what I was looking for â€¦ I liked the idea of also being able to handle dirt roads if required on the VStorm but the specs, looks, style, and feel of the M50 came out on top â€¦ I did heaps of research on the net and from forums like this â€¦ Peter-Reebok â€¦ Iâ€™ve never meet ya â€¦ but I owe you a beer â€¦ the write ups you have done on your experience with the M50 alone, almost sold me the bike â€¦ cheers mate â€¦ excellent work â€¦ A couple of weeks ago I meet Lucido from Raceway Suzuki, Niddrie, we got chatting and he gave me a great deal â€¦ while not quite the out the door for 10K plan, for a K8 model, he did near to it â€¦ he was full of helpful, honest advice. My next stop was Bikemart, Ringwood, where I met Dave â€¦ itâ€™s good to deal with people who actually live what they sell â€¦ he answered my questions based on his experience of riding â€¦ like while trying on some jackets he suggested we nip next door to actually sit on a bike to see how the jacket felt â€¦ I understood just how valuable his suggestion was as soon as my butt landed in the seat â€¦ in the end I walked out the door completely kitted out â€¦ a fantastic one stop shop. Anyway, I look forward to seeing you guys in my mirrors â€¦ (as you pass me, Iâ€™ll be the one breaking in the new bike ) â€¦ and remember â€¦ Keep the rubber side down! Mike.