Hi all, I am in two minds about my entry into bike world, i have researched bike models and have had a wonderful amount of info thanks to these forums and your input, now i require some help with my crazy mind! so here we go ME - 32 never really ridden, a wee bit of dirt bike and not enough road riding to warrant saying i have done it! I have had my L's for umm, 14 years??? - and decided now is my time too get my license. I have booked in to do a course(qride) in May, which will hopefully result in me having my restricted license. The small amount of time i have ridden bikes i have felt comfortable on them, though u turns and figure 8's will need work i am sure + general info. So here is my dilemma......... I will be going for finance to buy the bike + the riding gear, i have been into a store tried on gear etc and pretty much have got a good beginner set up for $1500 - $2000 - thats foot through to head Now because i am getting finance and do not have Richard Bransons pay packet, i will be stuck with the bike for a while, i am talking years - BIKES - do i buy a Gs500 and ride after May or Do i wait for 1 year and do the next course and get a 1250 Bandit and be set on this on for years to come. Just so you know, i am not a rev head, i need my license for work and wont risk losing it, and love my wife,daughter,(and sometimes the dog) so wont be a clown on it - so i think my head is ok, i guess it is down to ability and understanding the 1250. I am confident i can handle the weight, i do a hard physical job, and i am round the 100kg mark. So do i get the gs500 and love it for 1 - 2 years then grave more hp and not be able to afford it? Or wait 1 year (hey whats another year) do my big boys course then get the bigger bike? Would appreciate your input guys and gals, i know i sounds like i am leaning towards the bandit, but i am thinking of down the track, if you guys think i will kill myself, well the gs 500 will suffice. _ off topic a bit, when i get my first (lams ) license can i ride a bigger bike as long as accompanied by licensed biker, or doesnt it work that way? Thanks in advance!