OK folks. After the delay in getting the bikes off the wharf, which caused me to delay the big adventure, I've just phoned the dealer and found that my (sorry, MrsB's) bike is almost ready for collection :grin: :grin: . So I'm definitely flying over on the midnight horror on Friday, to pick it up Saturday morning. WhoooHooo. The only question mark is over how quickly the RTA can sort out my Unregistered Vehicle Permit. I'm led to believe it's a "while you wait" thing, so with any luck I can get that Sat morning and be on my way late Saturday or first thing Sunday. It's getting very real again . Frightening (4000 km on an untried bike with a questionable reliability reputation, 12 years after I last drove an outfit) and yet hugely exciting (never spent a whole week in the saddle before, and what an achievment if I make it). Just need to sort out luggage and riding gear, and to make a list of stuff I'll need to be able to service it at the roadside on the way. I'm marking up a map so that my daughter can follow my progress across the country, day by day. Got some helmet compatible earphones (Panasonic something-or-other, $49 from JB HiFi) for my i-pod so, once I'm confident the bike's not going to go bang, I can have a little entertainment on the long haul across the Nullabor. Ipod and mobile chargers will run off the power socket in the chair (i think). It's happening people! Four and a bit days time and I get on a plane to pick up the first ever new motor vehicle I've ever owned. It's as bad as waiting for Chrismas used to be when I was a kid :grin: .