Hi there, I am 45 and I'm sitting my L's in about four weeks time. I have pretty limited experience riding dirt bikes on a mate's property and that is about it. I am exciting (and moe than a bit nervous) about riding on the roads and have been eagerly reading all the forum articles about safe riding techniques, the safest gear to wear and all the unexpected things I hadn't thought of, like bee strikes! I just want to thank everyone for all their contributions. They have certainly helped a noob like me feel at least a little bit prepared and well informed for the exciting journey ahead.