I guess it was inevitable. 15 mths ago, at age 47, I got the 'bug'. I hadn't been on two wheel since I was 15 where weekends would see me riding my lil YZ80 at a local spot which today is the site of many factories and commercial businesses. I come across Netrider in June 2007. The characters that make this wonderful site have guided and advised me well whilst I attempted to become a competent, safe rider. I believe many not-so pleasant situations have been either avoided or averted due to the advice and guidance I had been given on this forum. I have also had the opportunity to meet a few real 'decent' people here from both ride days & spanner nights. Some of these people took time-out to add a little practical assistance. ( Thanks John & Caroline ( Raven & Pinx ), Dave ( SHEPPO ). Although I have yet to achieve my goals in many aspects of riding, I am delighted I have got this far. So THANKYOU NetRider, and a SPECIAL thanks to those who gave up their time to help an old-fart get through what my sweetheart swears was mid-life crisis. So today, over 15,000km of riding later, and whilst still in one piece, I'd like to announce that .... I'M FINALLY OFF RESTRICTIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!\/ \/ ( no LAMS bike & OK to take a pillion ) haha .. surely ya didn't think this was one of those " I bid you all farewell" posts ? :? Sorry, you are stuck with me here a little longer. I'm so looking forward to being able to legally take my wife with me on the back of the hornet. I'm also looking forward to the beginning of my upgrade selection process <<< be ready for another 'which bike?' post soon ( sorry ) so, once again, .. THANKYOU !!!