Hey there! Here's a quick note to introduce myself. I got my first bike July this year - never ridden before then (other than my learners test!) and recently got my full licence, albeit under LAMS conditions. I was always interested in bikes when I was a teen, but then things always got in the way of getting one (car, work, family, mortgage, etc.). When I was retrenched from my job of 15 years earlier this year, I decided that since I since I had the time and a little cashola, I'd finally get myself a bike. Ended up with a 2012 GT250R Hyo new for about $5k. Bike's been good so far and have done a bit over 4000 klms on it to date. I've put a screamin' exhaust (can) on the stock exhaust which has given the bike a better note (after all, it is a V-twin) and it no longer sounds like a scooter! It immediately gave it a little more get up and go, which is important for a 250! I'm lucky I live in the South East of Melbourne, so plenty of hills around, and can easily do a couple of hundred klms around home. I'm getting more confident all the time and would love to go on a few rides with some more experienced riders and get some tips (and more practice). I'm married with three kids (2 boys and a girl) who are in Primary School. I thought I'd join this forum to connect with like-minded souls and to garner any tips, tricks and talk to help me enjoy many years of trouble-free riding!