Well hello to you all. I have just returned from a week over in the west (working unfortunately) and was astounded at the differences (this coming from a guy who only travels up the east coast and hasnt been overseas in 20 years). This is a little account of my findings... I was surprised at the amount of bikes over there, there are heaps! Also surprising was the fact that leathers are something that hasn't been introduced there yet, I think I saw 4 riders with leathers the whole time! The roads in Perth are nice, clean and road rage is something they wouldn't have to experience often (from what I saw). People hate the speed limit, everyone sits about 2 km UNDER the limit, which is possibly due to the billion speed cameras around. Cars always let me in too, I was only cut off once in 6 days of freeway driving. Finally, I was promoting the good word of Netrider over there, mentioning to several riders about this site. I also feel I may have tarnished the netrider name one evening I was having a "few" drinks with one of my clients and we decided a souvalaki was in order... walking down the street I saw a group of bikes pulled up in a car park along the beach and went to talk to them. One guy was on an immaculate Aprilla RSV (I think) and the other a BMW. The bloke with the Aprilla was nice enough to let me sit on his bike (not knowing how many drinks I had had) and as I was getting off... nudge... the bike begins to fall. Luckily I managed to pull it back over but I dont think I have ever seen anyone move so fast, this guy was over to his bike in a flash! Following that incident, I cannot believe the but with the beemer let me sit on that too! (he did come and stand next to the bike though. As soon as I got off it they both said they were in a hurry and took off! Overall I found Perth to have great bikes, great roads (and people on them) and great riders (the ones I met). They hate wearing protective gear on bikes and the amount of scooters there was unreal. I can't wait to get back there and go for a ride soon!