Hey guys, I'm Craig, I live in Macleod, and am newly addicted to riding. After wanting a bike for years, I finally got one! And my license too - last weekend, at HART Tullamarine. A mate who's moving to Brisbane soon knows I've been wanting a bike for some time, and in the last year or so, I've been wanting one more than ever! He had a 2005 Hyosung GT250R that he gave me on long-term loan (until I buy it from him for cheap; thanks Dan, if you ever read this - you rock). So with a bike in the garage, I finally went out and got my L's. Having never ridden a bike before last weekend, HART were just awesome, and since then I've ridden to work each day (to Mulgrave), and done some in between as well - I've managed to clock up over 500km in my first week of riding. I am hooked. I think it may be terminal. So I was riding in the hills this morning up near Kinglake (my first go on the 'twisties' - everything else has been suburbia, traffic and freeway) and I totally get riding now. It was fun enough commuting, but the hills were an absolute blast. I pulled over at one of the little townships there to have a drink, and a guy (Mike) on a black Ninja pulled in behind me. We got to talking, and he mentioned Netrider (which I had signed up for a while ago but hadn't really explored yet) and mentioned the Thursday night rides. So I checked out the Vic events forum, and am planning on heading down to St Kilda this or next Thursday. All in all its been a magic week, and as I get more comfy on the bike I'm having more and more fun. So I'm looking forward to meeting some folk on Thursday (and possibly on a Monday too, for the Mulgrave evenings at Fasta Pasta just round the corner from my work) - good stuff! Cheers Craig ps. the camaraderie on the road today was great. Most riders gave me a friendly nod - something the commuting guys just haven't been doing. So I gleefully nodded back and just chuckled inside at how damn cool riding is. Like someone else said recently, how can something this fun be legal??