OH YEAH!!! :biker: I Bought the GS500F! Now for a monster post... So, we went out and had a look at the thing this morning and it was in very nice condition. A biker friend came with me (he has about 10yrs exp, owned a GS500 before and his most recent bike is an R1) Helped me look over it thoroughly, and test rode it for me. It has had a slow drop at one stage in its life, but the damage was some very minimal scratching to the fairing plastic, just a few little scratches on the side engine cover and the fairing mounts did not seem to suffer at all. It has after market indicators on it and the previous owner to the guy i bought it off removed the fairing decals for his own anime style decals, which the current owner removed. Most 40yo guys dont dig anime The rear tyre is pretty worn, so i'll change it in the next few hundred k's of riding, bonus is that he gave me a brand new rear tyre with the bike. It also came with a service history, warranty booklet, haynes manual, spare stock air filter (it has a K$N fitted atm) and neat tool kit. It's also been port polished, i wont go into detail but i know the whole story behind this and why he did it, most people wouldnt bother on a GS, the exhaust note has a nice sound to it, a bit louder than most GS's even with the stock pipe. The front fork pre-load has already been improved with some aftermarket shims and all the servicing is up to date. After much chatting, my friend and i decided on my cash offer to the owner, i went with a figure a bit (quite a) lower than his asking price and met him somewhere just a little under my maximum price. It was a great sale and the chap was a really nice guy. My bike savvy friend rode it back through the city for me and we put it into the garage. Mission part 1 accomplished. So here it is... A little later this afternoon, i started her up again and tootled around the carpark of my building to get a feel again for the friction point. It had been a month since my l's course so i was tootling for about 20 minutes familiarizing myself with the controls and first gear plus low speed handling. I almost dropped the thing because my boot slipped on an oily patch (My tyres did not get any oil on them so holster your flamethrowers), but i'm very aware of that now, interesting that the further you put your legs out to stabilize, the more effort required, less balance you have. I readied myself, and opened the gate. As i pulled out of the carpark, indicated, dialed in 3500rpm, felt friction, head checked my right, released rear brake and took off, a feeling of accomplishment waved up and through me. For the next hour i was riding around my local area, clocked up 25k's, a few times i was in a bit of traffic, as in between the quiet spots there are a few sets of lights, I took it easy though, didn't rush myself and only embarrassed myself a couple of times, once with a stall, and twice with the whole indicator turn off thing. :| Getting ontop of that one very quickly though. I practiced emergency braking from 20kph, 40kph and then 50kph, using both brakes together and downshifting. I only got her up to about 60 today. (not in a rush, ey!) Some guy got sick of me riding up and down one street about 10 times and made some rude comment about noise. I guess most people won't consider that learning takes repetition. A bike passing their house once aint annoying, 10-20 times might be. The initial feeling of accomplishment was replaced with a profound realization of just how much there is to learn and a burning desire to improve my skills. I want to be the best and safest rider i can be, and i know thats not what i am right at the moment. My Internal observations of what i thought were important and i should be practicing most at the outset. In no particular order are... Indicators, mirrors and Headchecks. Using 1st Gear well. Clutching, maintaining revs at low speeds, advancing in slow traffic. Trust no-one. Downshifting to maintain the correct gear whilst slowing for turns. Lean angle is more natural if you are moving at above 20kph. If you are moving slowly, eg a u-turn at a culdesac. You will tend to have the bike too vertical, making your turn too large. Remember to keep a full lane position or cars will pass you. This happened when i stalled at the intersection. There really isn't much between me and the road, don't fall off! I didn't have too much trouble with these but just know they need vigilance. Back at home now and really happy with a productive day. Time for a celebratory drink. If it ain't too windy, i'll go for another ride tomorrow. Thanks Netriders!! your support and advice up to now, and i'm sure into the future is appreciated.