I'm from Brisbane and new to the forum and to bikes, despite being an advanced age - downhill side of 50. Riding a bike is an urge that has bubbled away for decades but now it's time to do something about it. I had a friend move overseas a while ago who had to sell his bike. I was tempted at the time but instead of buying it I encouraged another mate and, although he wasn't a rider and didn't have a licence, he bought the bike. He got his licence and practiced around the local streets. Now whenever I see him he's beaming, full of stories of his latest explorations around Brisbane and surrounding country and so pleased he bought the bike. That has convinced me. So far I have only my learners and intend to book a couple of days to complete a QRide course to get my licence and then get some gear and a bike. There seems to be a lot of options for QRide courses and so far I haven't settled on one - motodojo is looking like the one I might go for in the next couple o weeks. I have spent countless hours reading bike ads, these forums and viewing online videos trying to work out what lams bike I should be aiming for. Until I get a licence I can't even test ride one so I'll approach things one step at a time. This site is a fantastic resource, great to see such a community here.