Hi Guys, Long time reader and first time poster. My names Ahmet and as title suggests just got my l's yesterday and am very happy about it. Did the 2 day course at Hart/Somerton in Melbourne and it took it's toll. Was very tiring, physically & mentally demanding. Out of a group of 25 only 1 failed. I don't know why but I never felt as happy and as excited as I did as when the instructor came over to shake my hand to congratulate me to say I passed as I did when getting any of my other licences (car, truck, fork). I need your help in helping me choose the correct bike and gear. Throughout the 2 day course I never dropped the bike or felt uncomfortable at any times. There were other people at the course dropping their bikes while riding or stationary or doing other stuff such as hitting cones mounting kerbs but thank God I didn't do any of them. I think I owe it all to the manual car driving I have done all my life as I have a very good grasp of clutch and gears etc. Long story short I need/want a bike. My budget is $5000.00 for bike + $1000.00 for gear. I have my heart set on a virago/intruder/eliminator. Can be new or 2nd hand. Though I was just speaking to a friend who was also a recent learner that sold his virago and he said you outgrow the power very quickly. Whereas others say no as a new learner stick to a 250 and get bigger later. I am 188cm and weigh 95kg so would want a bike that could support me comfortably without being underpowered or revving like hell. Last thing I would want is to get a 250 and be sick of it only after a few months. Perhaps I should look at 400cc+? I also don't think I would be able to do oil changes etc myself so would want a relatively low maintenance bike that wouldn't cost a lot in servicing. I would use the bike as my daily commute to work 10km each way. I also like the look of the er-5. So I am and will not only limit myself to the cruiser only style. I am very confused and don't know what to do. Too many choices. Sorry for ranting on this much but I guess it's been a long time dream of riding a bike. Might I add the only negative of the 2 day course was that of the Honda cbf250 it is bloody difficult to get in to N when the engine was warm. The top of my left foot was killing me trying to upshift from 1 to N. So I want a bike where it's atleast a bit easier to get to N at traffic lights etc. Thanks for all your feedback.