May I first congratulate the admin and members on such a fantastic site! I really enjoy logging in and reading about general stuff (+ bike/riding tips for n00bs)... Well a few weekends back I got my L's and today I bought my first bike! She's a sweet old Yamaha SRV250, really forgiving, in great condition; I'm extremely stoked. It came complete with a mini trial-by-fire / white knuckle ride: an hour riding around backstreets, and then over Tom Ugly's onto the Princes Highway-->Brighton-->Southern Cross Drive in Sydney during medium traffic... and it rained.... then my tail light burned out. Anyhow, I'm still here and experiencing major satisfaction. I didn't realise how wind-affected motorcycles and riders are (I have a newfound respect) and potholes are another story altogether! How's it possible for us n00bs to check the road, mirrors, blindspots, danger zones, etc? ...I spend enough time trying to read my speedo and concentrating on pulling my elbows in. Oh yeah. Hello!