Hello folks. I don't ride. I want to ride. I've wanted to ride for a couple of decades! I had a couple of bikes in my youth (DR250 and a RM250) but that was a long time ago in what seems a galaxy fa..... Never mind. My son recently got his L's and the old flame has been re-ignited (the little bugger). I have two reservations. The first is common. As a car owner I'm always looking out for bikes, motorised or not. It's only when one of you crazy monkeys fly past at 150+ clicks that I may miss you, but usually the exhaust note breaking the sound barrier gives me a clue. Anyway, I digress. The amount of terrible drivers freaks me out a little. Convince me otherwise. The second reservation is the roads. Our roads are the pits. And you can often take that literally. I want to be able to commute to work when the weather is nice, or at least not pouring with rain. I also want to take nice long rides to destinations unknown (in due time of course). So how do motorcycles handle our horrid roads. Are they often a cause of accident or is that purely down to rider awareness? Any light shed on these questions will be greatly appreciated. Cheers Ken. p.s I met a few of you in Elwood a several weeks ago, and if all goes ahead I'll certainly be attending.