Hey all, Just thought i'd say hello. I'm a very new (to be) rider having only just finished my QRide course (I did RideSmart at Boondall, BNE) on the weekend. I already have a bike lined up which i'm picking up today and i'm sh!tting my pants dreading the rider home.. about 30 minutes. First things first, this morning i'll be organising some insurance (QBE seems cheapest with NRMA following) and then i'll be going to a local bike shop and picking up all my gear. I'm hoping I can get a package deal as I want to get all my kit at the same time. Once that's done a quick stop to Qld Transport to grab some transfer papers and then head to where the Bike is. It's a 2002 Suzuki GS500. I can't recommend this bike enough to fellow riders within a LAMS state. Having done quite a bit of research on here and other forums / reviews, the GS500 is cheap and has a bit more grunt than a 250 (I took it for a test ride yesterday). Great learner bike and great bang for buck. The one I found has a few scratches on it, but i'm not fussed at all as it's my first bike and i'm bound to drop it a few times. The other bike I was looking at was the Honda VTR250 but at about $1k price premium to the GS500. I did also look at the CB400, but realistically the price of around $11k is just excessive for a bike which you WILL drop. I only intend to keep it for 12 months and I have eyed off the Honda CB600RR already (or maybe the CB600F, can't decide, leaning towards RR). Anyway, good luck to all other new riders out there. I hope your experience is as rewarding, challenging and exciting as mine has been. If there's any other BNE based noobs who would like to ask any questions feel free; i'm more than happy to share my experiences to help other hopefuls out there. Rgs, Koji Edit: sorry mods, I didn't realise there was a specific welcome lounge. Feel free to move this post.