Hi all, Just new to this forum and would like to edge my way in with a general and no doubt fairly common question to the group. A little background – I rode bikes for several years up until about 14 years ago when licences were still paper and R was separate from D licences, I let my rider’s lapse and have to start again from L’s . I’m in NSW so LAMS applies. My position now is that my now soon-to-be 2nd wife is keen to get her first bike and this has motivated me with a new enthusiasm. I live near Katoomba in the Blue Mountains and work in Penrith – this means that even my commuting involves highway travel for 50kms and 1000m climb. My definite preference is NOT to go back to sports bikes and have fallen in love with a few mid-sized cruisers – Suzuki VL800 and Kawasaki Vulcan 900 are the two top for comfort and size (haven’t test ridden yet though). As I have to start from scratch I am in a dilemma as to where to start with my first re-entry bike. As with most here, funds are an issue. My quandary then is should I/would you; a) buy a 10 year old Virago or similar for a few months to regain skills and confidence before moving from L’s to blacks (over 30 so no P’s) and then upgrade. I’m concerned about the Virago climbing up the mountain every day with my 90kg. b) Buy a 1-2 year old Hyosung 650 or Honda VT650 immediately and be happy with this for a few years until/if finances allow a decent upgrade to a 1600 cruiser c) Not buy any bike, and use my fiancés (intended) ER5 to get to my full licence and then get the bike of choice. I apologise for the length of this but after reading many posts, your input will be most appreciated.