It took a lot of dreaming and wishing, spending bunches of money, and breaking up with my fiance...but I finally got to fulfill my fantasy of owning and riding a motorcycle! I used to ride with my dad when I was 3 years old, holding onto the handlebars, sans helmet or any protective gear, and I still remember that jolt of excitement when that little green Kawasaki took off...and ever since then, well, I wanted to feel that jolt again... I took the MSF course in April and after taking the re-test, I passed with 98/100 on my score. I was literally jumping up and down I was so excited! I had my sights on a Suzuki GS 500f and spent countless hours perusing the ads looking for one. Then a friend steered me towards a previously unthought of option... So, on July 13th, I purchased my 2003 Suzuki Bandit 600s...without even a test ride, thanks to a broken finger from a bicycle accident two days prior...and we brought her home. I obviously couldn't ride for a couple weeks, but once I had the gear and my finger healed up, I was on her...slow, steady runs up and down the driveway. Eventually making it around an easy 5 mile loop on bare, country roads. And on the third trip around, I did the obligatory first drop...a typical newbie mistake...I gave it too much throttle, lost control, panicked and grabbed the front brake. Low-sided and slipped off the bike while she ended up in a field...broken turn signal, bent rear brake lever, dented fairing, and her first serious scratches...I came out pretty much unscathed except for a busted up wrist. And some pretty kick ass bruises. But I got back on and started riding...further and further each time. And I'm loving every mile of it...I've commuted with my bike and taken some fairly long country rides with her. And when I come home from a ride, I'm refreshed and exhillarated. My mind has been swipped clean of all the negative crap that gets stored up there and I'm left wishing the sun will be out the next day so I can go again. This sport has magical powers. All I can think of is why the hell did I wait so long to get into it?