Gday all. Long time reader first time poster! New to the biking community & currently on my L's. I ride a Honda CB250 (how embarrasing!) & wanting to upgrade asap-aren't we all! Not a fan of the crotch-rocket, more the laid back armchair cruiser type. You can tell this as I wear a Harley leather jacket & gloves, Johnny Rebs & open faced helmet....on a CB250! Is it any wonder I'm not up to the 'dangerous bikie attracting chicks' phase yet!?! Although a Ridgeback did come & check me out for a bit though! I'm what they call a mature age rider! I can assure you it's only 'mature' in age (40yrs). Currently practising riding locally & doing all the stunts you need to to pass onto my P's. The fastest I've been is 80 k's & I don't think the poor little CB250 will go much faster (not that I legally can anyway!). I get buffeted around a hellava lot at that speed, so I don't want to push it anyway! My first question though...when you go to the shops, what do you do with your helmet? I don't know whether to leave it locked in my pillion bag (locked?? The bag can just be detached from the pack frame!) or lug it around with me. I've seen guys leave their helmets on the bike itself, but I don't trust/like teenagers! They tend to wreck/steal/piss/spit/poop in whatever they can for a laff! Anyway, as I said before, I've been reading for a while & now really happy to be part of the forum. Looking forward to learning a lot from you guys & gals and maybe even help someone else out???