Hi everyone, just signed up and thought I'd say hi and introduce myself. Live in Ipswich, work in Brisbane. I've recently been hit (for no real apparent reason) by the "bike bug", and have now gotten my L's and signed in for a QRide course with Stay Upright mid next month. Previous riding experience? Just about 0. I've riden a pushbike a little, and been pillion rider a few times when I was a lot younger and remember being scared sh*tless. Attempted to ride a postie a few years ago too, got about 15 meters down the hill and sort of fell off Anyway, have been looking at some bikes (only the cruisers seem to do anything for me, I love the look and the sound), and reading things on the net and looking at gear. Was at Yamaha the other day and was quite seriously considering buying a new Virago 250 (the salespeople were VERY persuasive!), but decided that maybe I should actually learn to ride a bike, and test ride a few bikes, before actually buying one At the moment, am only really looking at the Virago and the Hyosung Aprila, which from another thread here seems to be quite highly regarded. Looking in the trading post etc it appears that bikes (esp cruisers) don't seem to devalue much at all, is there any point in buying a 2nd hand one? From looking at Virago's, it appears that even a 1990's one (close to 15 years old) tends to go for about $3-4K, and a 2000 one with about 20K k's seems to go for about $5K. The Yamaha dealers were willing to sell me a brand new Virago for $6000 inc ORC and $500 of accesories! Also, gear. From reading on the net most people seem to recon that leather is the go, but from talking to people at bike shops they seem to recommend non-leathers as they are generally waterproof, more breatheable, and apparently work as well as leather as far as protection goes? Have looked at Draggin Jeans too, but from reading threads here it looks like they're really only "adequate" and not really "good" protection? How important are boots? Most people I see don't seem to wear them, are they very different to normal shoes? Can you walk around in them comfortably? Too many questions, I know too little!