I've had my new 1st bike now for 2 weeks and 550 kms. Been lurking on here so about time I introduced myself. Been thinking about riding for a long time, but the potential dangers put me off mostly I think as well as wondering if I could control myself. Finally bit the bullet and hit the L course almost 3 weeks ago and went and ordered a new bike the next day :grin: Hopefully at 38 I am mature enough now to handle a bike after owing a few powerful cars including my current Commodore I've had for 5 years which makes 430 rwhp. So far I am loving riding, the freedom, and being involved in riding rather than just siting in a car detached from the experience really. I've been reading as much as I can on here about tips for new riders, road craft etc. I have only ridden the CB250 on my L course apart from the GS500 so I can't compare it to anything else. I did a lot of research on LAMS bikes and spoke to some riders who have been around for a while and the GS500 seemed the pick of the bunch for me. Considering I'm 188cm (6'2") and 95kg I didn't want a buzzy little 250 that you have to rev. I'm used to torquey V8's and don't like reving the clappers out of things so I'm happy to say I don't have to do that to the GS500 in average riding. Things of note: 1. Other ridings mostly nodding on passing, I'm in the club :grin: 2. Cagers getting up my clacker when riding at the speed limit won't make me go faster or move over :evil: 3. The bloody wind. It's been very windy here at times and today riding to work through Coppins Crossing (80 kph zone, no wind protection, country riding basically with winds around 40 kph) it was really bad and I was getting shunted around. Did plenty of reading today realised I was gripping the bars when I should have been relaxing. Tried it on the way home, barely touching the bars and it was 100 times easier - hardly noticed the wind at all I intend to do the MOST test in 3 months as soon as I can. I've been practicing my low speed stuff u-turn etc on the weekends and some evenings and hopefully I'll be ready by then. I'm thinking my next bike will likely be a Suzuki GSX650F depending if anything else is available by then that would suit my needs better. As for the pic, I now have proper pants too and a tinted visor on the way.