Hi! My boyfriend & I both got our first bikes in Jan. He, a new DRZ400 and me (not having the luxury of a bank loan), a Suzi Across. I've grown up with a bike enthusiast for a dad & now that I have my own, I'm surprised it's taken me this long. I'm loving the freedom and exhilaration that owning a bike offers, but I still have a steep learning curve ahead of me. In July, I put her into a slide on a dark, rainy morning after misjudging the speed of a ute entering a roundabout from my right. With my lack of experience and a daily 6am half-asleep commute in the dark from Northcote to Epping, it was just a matter of time. It really made me realise how important it is to be in an optimal mental & physical state before jumping on the bike. No more bleary-eyed rides! The drop cracked my generator cover and dinged up the lovely custom yellow paint job (the previous owner was clearly lusting after a Ducati). After 3 months in the garage, a new cover and some tinkering, she started up first time. Say what you want about the "Handbag", but it is a profoundly stoic little bike. Seriously bulletproof. How I've missed riding! I'm already thinking about my next two-wheeled addition to our garage. I love my screaming little Suzi, but something with a little more torque would be nice!