I'm not a new rider but I'm not to humble to admit that I'm not the best rider on the block. Since everyone will want to know what kind of riding history I have I'll just get it all out of the way here. I've been riding since I was 7 and my dad let me ride the old honda 100 around the yard and eventually up and down the gravel road.. that bike was ran off a bridge when I was 12 (my brother on the bike) He was safe but that killed me getting a bike till after hs. College (19) I purchased a 1981 Yamaha xs 1100 Midnight special for cheap. I had to replace the ignition system and basically tune up the bike. I rode that for 2 years until I got ran over in a parking lot.... the bike was WAY too big for a beginner and it was by the grace of God that I didn't kill myself on it. Sr. yr College. bought a Kawasaki 1978 KZ750 out of a barn and fixed it up.. I rode that for 2 years and sold it for almost what I had in it. nice bike but it beat the shit out of me. old v twins were not meant to do 70 down the highway. The last year I had the kz750 my dad bought a show room condition 1976 with 6k miles on it. It was sitting in the barn gathering dust so I brought it up to my place to keep it in the garage and keep in maintained. I put about 1500 miles a year on it... enough to justify changing the oil and fixing little things for him. I'm currently looking at a 2002 Suzuki GSF 1200s Bandit. I've ridden a B-12 and it's more bike than I've had in the past. I've already decided that if I get this bike tomorrow I'm going to take the motorcycle saftey course as soon as they get a slot open. I think I'm a pretty safe rider but you can't ever be too safe or learn too many tools in order to be safe right? I'm not an expert or a HC rider, I just like the feeling of being on a bike and I like to hang out with people who understand that.