Took the bike to one of the local shopping centres the other day, parked in my usual spot - a largely unused bit of footpath at the end of a loading bay that's sort of an unofficial motorcycle parking area since it's undercover. Noticed one other bike parked there, an old GN250 without L-plates, and naturally assumed it was another fully licenced yet restricted rider. When I returned to my bike I found out my assumption was wrong when I met the real owner of the bike - a woman aged in her 60s. Commented on the fact the the GN was in extremely good condition and discovered that she's owned it since new and been using it as her only means of transport. Yep that's right, 30 years of riding on a single cylinder 250. For me it kind of put things in perspective a little bit, made me realise that 12 months is not really such a long time.