Howdy I'm pretty interested in buying my first bike, used. I'm looking at a 83 Goldwing Honda GL1100, 36k miles, no title, needs clutch, carb needs attention, $425. From what I've seen, the clutch on a bike is relatively easy to replace and the carb can't be the hard to remove and rebuild and can't be that expensive to replace if need be. The state offers a *free* class on Saturdays for motorcycle riding. It's almost an all-day class that you just sign up and show up for. They provide all the equipment including bikes and safety crap. They do it in a parkinglot, lay out cones for different exercises and teach you the basics. At the end of the course, they give you the motorcycle endorsement sticker on your license right there. The car I drive expires this month, meaning I'll have to put it through DEQ again to get new tags. I'm not sure if it will go through, but even if it does, I want something that will get much better gas mileage and something fun to ride 6 months out of the year. I can't imagine that the riding learning curve is very steep considering that I've ridden a bicycle. I can't imagine workign on them is as difficult or complicated as a car, either. My commute to work is about 15 minutes in non-highway rush-hour traffic and I hardly go anywhere else (but I might if I get a bike and the mileage is good enough). I've been reading this online guide to 3rd party purchasing (http://www.clarity.net/~adam/buying-bike.html) which has a lot of great info. Here's some pics of the bike: text text text The more I read the more I'm inclined to just start saving up and buy a lighter bike to learn balance. I really don't want to let this bike go though because they're hard to find, especially at that price if an inspection returns only those two problems. Maybe I'll buy this one and fix it up and resell it while saving up for my own bike to ride. That might give me some experience in basic concepts in maintenance and repair. I'll be sure to take the MSF, though. It's either take a test at the DMV with no clue what I'm doing and pray I pass and then hop on a bike on the street with no street bike (some dirt bike) experience or take the MSF, get the endorsement without taking a test I know nothing about, and be given hands-on instruction in safety and operation by an expert. It's a no-brainer. As far as all the gear, I have the boots and a leather jacket already, but I don't have armor or even leathers for my legs. I don't have gloves and I don't yet have a helmet. I assume fingers are going to get f'ed up any damn way if I lay it down, so the gloves are just to cut the cold, correct? I'm completely open to suggestion about anything other than the helmet. I'm going to get a skull cap if my check of the law finds that they're legal in the state. I don't want anything in my face at all. No shield, no windscreen, no nothing other than maybe a pair of sunglasses. No, I don't mind swallowing a few bugs Can anyone comment on their experience with skull caps versus another open-faced helmet versus a fully closed-face helmet?