Hi All, I'm wanting a bit of advice from my fellow netriders about my first big bike. First off some background information. I'm 31 and have had my bike licence for 10 years, neither my bike or car licence have ever been suspended. I grew up in Geelong and rode almost exclusively in that area through the Bellarine Penninsula, down and round the GOR and its backroads. My first bike was a GSX250F Across and was pretty capable for my skill level. In the 2 years of riding around Geelong I came off 3 times, once around a round-about on my way to work (4:30am, freezing cold), once on a gravel road straight off into the bush and the last time on a backroad on the way down to Apollo Bay (was looking at a car coming the other way and rode off the road). My riding came to a stop when my now wife and I moved to Melbourne and neither she, my Dad or I were comfortable with me riding / commuting on the bike up here, even driving was an eye opener for the first couple of months, so the bike was sold. Since then i have ridden on and off with my Dad as he has a couple of spare bikes, mostly day trips down to Daylesford / Ballart and back without a problem, although the Suzuki Intruder was pretty uncomfortable for me. I'm 6'4" (193 cms). Present day, I'm finally in a position to buy the bike that I've wanted since its release (insurance and full riding gear included). A Gen II Hayabusa. Though when I bought this up with my Dad he was quite firmly against the idea of a full fairing sports bike. He currently rides a '93 Harley Soft tail and is trying to move me over to that style or even even exact model of bike. I'm not against the idea, in that it is comfortable to ride and has more than enough power, however as much as I enjoy riding the bike, its not the bike that I want to ride. My plans before getting the Hayabusa are to re-familiarize myself with the theory and riding disciplines by taking the HART Advanced Level 1 course (I'm sure i saw Level 2 & 3 a couple of weeks ago, but it seems to have disappeared from their site) and then limiting myself to Power Level C (~100hp) for 3 months, Power Level B (~150hp) for 6 months and then moving up to Power Level A (~200 hp)after 9 months of riding. I should note that my wife and mother have no objections to me buying the bike, though I think my wife will be happy for me to not have to listen to me point out everytime there is one on the road, or ask what type of day it is every time there is a nice day out (its a motorbike day). If there is any ideas out there about the above, I would like to hear them. I don't want to show any disrespect my Dad, but I also don't want to end up with a bike that i'm not super keen on either. Happy to provide more information for those that want it.