Hi all! Just taking a moment to introduce myself! My name is Chris, im 26 and i live in Newcastle, NSW! I work in the dredging industry and have been something of a computer nerd for some years. A little about my history: Im one of those people who rode farm bikes as a kid, grew up into teens (specifically, this happend at 17), wanted to get a road bike and found out that his mother was an insane agressive domineering control freak ego-maniac. Knew there was a monster in there somewhere, and boy was it ugly! Now ive lived alone for a few years and im finally on top of things like car and house payments etc etc etc (although ive got dad living with me since he lost his job /recession), and a few weeks ago the nibble was coming back and i took the plunge last friday(4/12). I went and bought a '02 ZZR250 from Chris Watson bikes at Cessnock. It was $3900 which is up there a bit admittedly, but came with a free helmet, jacket, boots and pants, 12 months rego, new tyres (not certain on brand), new chain and sprockets, and 90 days warranty. Oh, and it has 14k kms on the clock. The bike itself is in good shape, no scuffs on any stalks or marks on any farings, etc etc. All up seems a good buy. I dont pick it up until this coming friday though.:busting: <-- that makes sense in context . Im doing what i feel is the smart thing and reading everything i can lay my eyes on, and have yet to go through the pre-learner course and sit for the theory test - figured id get the bike first. That said i probably wont be able to get in to the course until after the new year, so im considering having a little putt around before i do. Now before i get howled down i *have* ridden bikes before, and itll be where i live - on my own private little piece of road. Mr Law can shout all he wants, from the front gate. I figure that if i can take my time and brush up my low speed handling i might be one up going into the pre learner course - rather then it being some 15 years since i was last on a bike. The support: "Hey dad guess what!" "Kevin Rudd said No to something?" "No no hell hasnt frozen over, but it did have a little cold snap! I bought a bike!" A long stare later and i had dads support, who up until recently was a biker himself (Kawa something500 - i cant recall right now). However he still points out rather constantly that they are a death machine, to make sure my will is updated and that i have life insurance so he can finish paying off my house. Thanks dad, love you too!!! Anyway, thats about all there is to me. Glad to be here and see you all around on the boards or even perhaps the roads. Oh and if anyone happens to have an old ventura rack and L arms thatll suit my bike please drop me a PM!