Hi all, Picked up my new old gpx250 from Coco today and had an uneventful ride home. Had a coffee, a chat, then got back on the bike for a proper ride. That's where the fun starts. First event happened in Eltham. Had a cop behind me so I was a little tentative and going slow, it turned out to be a good thing as someone pulled out of a driveway *right* in front of me. Emergency brake time, lucky I was only doing 40. Pulled up with a few metres to spare. 2 minutes later I look in my mirror and his light are on... Here we go... Turned off the main road and pulled over. As soon as I the cop got out of the car I said "did I do anything wrong?", he said no but said my riding left a bit to be desired. I explained that I'd just picked up the bike and that having him behind me was making me even more nervous. He said he'd been riding for 25 years and blah blah blah, so I did a bretho and we had a chat and he basically just told me to be careful and whatnot and sent me on my way. Funny that I got pulled over by the cops the day I got my car licence too, more than 10 years ago... Anyway, got back on the bike and kept going. 20 or so minutes later in Macleod I had a car turn straight in front of me at a round about in the backstreets. Emergency Brake and got on the horn. It was then that she saw me and I saw her mouth "f*&k" to herself for turning in front of me. All good, that one was pretty mild. 10 minutes after that, I go around a bend and see a 4wd heading in my direction and a commodore on the wrong side of the road, 3/4 into my lane, only 50 metres away. I think "shit, he's pointed right at me, lucky there's time for him to move back" and the MOTHERF*$KER doesn't pull back in, stays 3/4 into my lane, on a STRAIGHT ROAD NOT EVEN OVERTAKING pointed right at me. No point braking as he's coming right at me at 60kph so I counter steer towards the gutter, and almost smack it and miss him by a metre or so. I lean back towards the road and keep riding. That sounds graceful, the whole maneouver however was done with my cheeks clenched tighter than a scrawny bloke taking his first shower with his new cellmate Bubba. I was really *lucky* to not smack the gutter because I was looking right at it and had a brain fade moment and panicked. It was then that I thought, "these car drivers all want to kill me". The rest of the ride was reasonably uneventful, got the front wheel up a little (didn't even mean it) on a hard take off from the lights, which was fun Ran out of petrol and didn't get it onto reserve until it conked out, and then had someone back out of their driveway in front of me 200 metres from home Riding bikes is as dangerous as hell, but I haven't been able to wipe the smile off my face for the last few hours (Sorry for the long pointless post, I'm hyped and felt the need to get this down ) Big thanks to Coconuts for hooking me up with this bike, it's a fantastic bike for a good price and I couldn't be happier with it. Justin.