Little bit of a keffufle this morning, called up to inform them I'd be on my way today, turned out they'd moved the bike to their secure warehouse (even though it hadn't been there the last time I'd gone in, 6 weeks after I'd placed the deposit.) A short discussion with the dealer, and he promised to do his level best to get it in that day. Half hour later I was informed the bike ould be ready and waiting at 2:30 pm. Wonderful Second hiccup when I went to buy my insurence online, the insurnce system errored. Called up, the operator mentioned they'd been having some issues, promised I'd still get the 25% online discount, insurence purchased. Thankfully that was the last hiccup! At 3 pm I rode out, complete with a brand new (and free) P plate on the back (handy because I'd forgotten mine :S) I have missed that feeling. SO MUCH. Took 10 km around the back streets of footscray getting to know the bike, and get just that little bit of release of the tires. Then embarked in my round-about freeway avoiding journey back home. 2 hours later, and aside from slightly sore shoulders (from the backpack containing the pillion helmet I also got free... never liked that one but the only one big enough to hold the helmet) I LOVED That ride. The bike was smooth and responsive (though I noticed a VERY slight grating sound at higher speeds which I think I've narrowed down to the brake callipers on the front draging slightly- tomorrow morning when it's light I'll have another look), light, but stayed centered in heavy gusts. After about 15 minutes the feel of the single cylander became unnoticable, ad the seat is insanely comfortable. Feels like I could ride all day on that bike. One annoying point: It seems that chaning the oil, at least for the first time, could invalidate the warrenty, and this coupled with the closest and most recommended approved service center is in brunswick (A 40 km ride for me, minimum), irks me slightly. Hopefully this will prove not to be the case, but we'll have to see. Sorry about the crappy pic, but it's overcast, getting dark and it was only with my phone :S So good to be riding again!