Hello all - just joined in. I picked up my bike last week ('04 Ninja 500R) and am having a blast (wondering WHY I didn't buy one a long time ago). At any rate, I am still learning how to ride it and getting used to the machine itself - so far so good. I am trying to keep a good head on my shoulders and see a lot of great advice here. I hope to learn from my predecessors as I am already picky about my bike and don't want to lay 'er down. (Oh - don't want to go down with 'er either). Anyway - I can already see that once you get out and ride, it becomes a lifetime hobby. My car is already out of the garage, collecting dust and looking pretty sad.