Hi Guys I’ll be doing my learner permit with HART in Melbourne soon, I’ve ridden before but it’s been about 15 years since I last rode a motorbike as a kid. The reason I decided to get my license was primarily for commuting, as I was planning to move outside the city. That’s changed now, which means I’ll have a little more time (~6 months) to get myself confident with riding before I have to do it every day on the freeway in all weathers. This isn’t another “What LAMs bike should I get” thread, but I am looking for some opinions on which way to go with my first bike now that I think my options are a little more open. As I’m effectively new to biking I figure it might well get dropped at some point, so I’m wondering which option I should take from those below 1.Get an old bike to ride around at the weekends and for short city commutes and build my confidence. Then, if I do drop it at some point, the repair costs won’t be too bad. Once my confidence is up after a few months, and when I need a reliable distance commuter, I buy a newer bike. 2.Get a newer more reliable bike from the start and get Oggy Knobs and frame sliders fitted. I’m bracing myself for differing views here as this seems to polarise opinion. I’d only expect these to provide low speed protection, but I have seen post here that say even at low speeds Oggy Knobs can crack the frame 3.Get a new bike, take a spoon full of cement and harden the #@$% up. If I drop it, claim it on the insurance. I’d appreciate it if anyone has opinions or experience they want to share.