Well, I supose I should say hi. Bought a cheap old bike off Ebay after I realised that the new LAM's system allows me to ride something bigger than a 250 while learning. Now, at 6'1" (185cm) tall and well, a tad overweight, that appealed to me! I'm also 35, so hopefully knowing how other fools drive on the roads will help me. Anyway, bought a Kawasaki Z 650 (which you younger people will have to Google up). Kind of the classic 70's Jap bike. Good reliable bikes, indestructible engine etc. Lots of torque, this thing will pull away from a standstill at 1500 rpm. Very smooth. Very heavy too! I've never ridden a bike before( rode pushbikes heaps in my teens/early 20's), but have been riding around the carpark at work for a couple of hours. I have the bike at work so I could work on it after/ before hours and during lunch. It needed some things done. So, having had to fix the bike really helped me understand how they work, and gave me a lot more confidence in the machine. I always do my own mechanical work, and if you want to give it a go, but are unsure, buy a workshop manual and have a go! They are much simpler than a car! Now the bike has a blue slip, I can go and register it and see about getting my L's. I called up to book the pre learner's, and was quite surprised that weekend courses were booked til early December! So, might be a midweek course for me. The boss owes me big anyay! Have fun! Regards, Andrew.