3 months after doing the test to get my permit, I've finally got myself a bike! Picked up a 1997 Kawasaki GPX250 with only 26,000km on it. I don't think the bike has been maintained very well and has hardly been ridden over the last few years. My first experience of riding it wasn't too bad. I wasn't quite as rusty as I expected and slipped straight back into feeling like I did at the course. The GPX feels pretty similar to the bike at the course - Yamaha Scorpio, in terms of the feel of the clutch, throttle, brakes and the overall weight. I've noticed it's a bit difficult to find time to indicate while changing down gears and preparing for corners and it's also taking longer than it should to remember to turn off the indicator after a turn. Apart from all this.. the bike needs a bit of maintenance work.. I rode it to work the day after I got it, went to leave at the end of the day and the damn bike wouldn't start. Came back in the car with some tools and checked it all out. Battery ok. Fuel level ok. Spark ok. Fuel supply .... no Messed around with the petcock trying to work out how it works.. It needs a vacuum to allow fuel to flow in the "on" and "res" position. This doesn't seem to be happening very reliably until the bike is actually started. A little bit of fuel (or start ya bastard) down that vacuum hose to get the bike started, then plug it back into the petcock and everything is alright. After pulling the fuel switch apart, it seems that the membrane in the back of the diaphragm is a bit dodgy. Local Kawa dealer wants $48 for a replacement, so I ordered one online for $10. Hopefully it arrives today so I can stop having to pull the hose and carry around a can of start ya bastard. The bike is also running a bit badly. Stalling a bit while cold. When rolling to a stop (the last little bit when i'm going too slow for second gear) with the clutch pulled in the bike often stalls. Kinda weird, because it sits in idle fine.. the problem is only when it's moving.!! Anyway, I figure it's just in need of a good service and overall check-up. Today or tomorrow I'll be heading over to my dad's workshop - he's an auto mechanic, to service the bike. Between the two of us, I'm confident of us being able to service the bike properly and get it running better. It will be a good experience and help me to learn a bit more about the bike. I believe the best way to learn is to just jump in there and do it!!