Ok well ive been lurking a while before making an account, and made a couple post's but here goes. G'day, im Rohan, 24 from eastern suburbs. Been wanting a bike for a while, just always putting it off, finally made a pact with a few like minded mates that we would all get licenses together. Surprise surprise, they all flaked out in the later stages, i said stuff it and kept at it. Never riden a bike till about 3 weeks ago, did a pre-learner course then passed L's with flying colours last week. Lot's of fun. Choosing a bike was a little trickier, i was set on the 250r Ninja, but everyone i talked to would either bag me or the bike out; - chicks bike. - underpowered. - would get bored quick. - too much faring if i do go down. I had similar feelings, but i liked the look and figured i was learning and could deal with the other stuff for a year then move onto something bigger. Got directed specifically to the Suzuki GS500, which ticked alot more boxes and made dad (who's been riding for years) a little less uneasy. First one i decided to look at seemed great, there were a few scratches and bumps which werent mentioned prior, but i was happy enough and was ready to follow through with the purchase. By chance i put the plates into the vic roads database and it came up as a repaired write off. Bailed hard at this point and back to the drawing board and made a few more call's. Next one i checked out was great, picked up last week and been riding every day since. Found via bikesales, but there is a thread on here also, great guys to deal with. Joined a netrider cruise last night, got lost on the way in and rocked up as they were taking off, so just made it. Was most fun ive had on my bike so far, had a dumb grin the whole time, props to all involved all good blokes. Yoshi pipe and a few other bits and pieces are in the mail as we speak, will be getting involved in some of the learner rides hopefully soon also. Cheeerzz.