Hello, I have been lurking here for a few months and in that time have got my L's through HART at StIves in Sydney, bought a brand new 2009 VTR250, got my L's, commuted to work regularly in all weather, filtered at two specific intersections (wide lanes, very stationary traffic) and gernerally had a lot of fun! I've only clocked up 800kms on the bike but that has been because of a lot of work travel. I finally bought a bike after moving back to Sydney and wanting something smaller than my station wagon. I did a bit of cycle touring as a kid (great ocean road, putty road, musselbrook-Bathurst through sofala) but I stopped all of that when I left Sydney. Getting a bike has always been in the back of my mind but I could never justify the cost. I'm now in a position where I can sell my car and just have the bike so that is what will happen (once I get my Ps, next time they run a test at HART and I am in town). I'm also lucky that I work with quite a few motorcycle riders and we've done a few lunch runs down the local suburban "twisitys". Thanks for those who've taken the time to post the info threads on riders' tips forum.