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Hey guys, been lurking around here and this seems to be one of if not the best motorcycle forum for me. Lots of experienced and good folks in here it seems, so I'm glad to join and be a part of it.

This interest was never strong enough or sustainable for me to actually pull the trigger and get a bike. However, I've had my fleeting moments in the past. I still remember as a kid my dad worked at Kawasaki and he would bring some brochures home. My brother and I would daydream maybe one day dad would surprise us with a dirt bike that we liked in the literature. We would be silly enough to run down to the garage just to take a peek to see if our delusion came true...which of course did not.

Fast forward a few years a girl I liked at a distant in late primary school went for a kid that already had his own sportbike. It's crazy, just in primary or maybe early highschool and he and his buddies already were a fledging biker team. Still, I didn't think much of bikes at that point. I suppose indirectly my mom's negative views about bikes affected me, how they are dangerous and the whole concept of 'body covering metal', vs the other way around when one's in a car. She did make sense.

Finally, fast forward a quarter of a century this hobby may have finally gotten its hold on me. You guys are going to laugh at me but I don't care cause it's funny. Mind you in recent years I had a knack for contradicting myself. For example, I said that I'll never buy a condo again and here I am living in one. I'll never get a coupe before buying a sedan...boom. So I'm watching Sons of Anarchy and it's an entertaining enough show but I keep telling my wife, what's with those Harleys, all they do it make loud noises and they're bikes, so obviously they're unsafe! Next thing you know I'm checking out Sportsters on the HD website.

Anyway, I'm late to the show but hopefully not too late. I really admire you guys that got to experience this hobby from such early age. I'm still in my infancy but hopefully will get a bike someday soon. At least the seed is finally planted.

I hail from Toronto.

It took me ages but I'm *finally* starting to get interested in bikes now that I'm in my 40s...crazy, huh? Anyway, I'm 5'7" (170cm), 145lbs (66kgs), my inseam is 29" (74cm) and my measurements are 32-22-32 (lol, kidding about the last part). The closest thing I've been on 2 wheels is my mountain bike, so this is totally foreign to me. Alas, I realize that I won't be the next Rossi so my main goal is just to be competent enough to eventually enjoy just riding and being able to take spirited runs. I'm pretty sure that I want a ~300cc sportsbike and narrowed it down to just a few choices; I don't see myself getting anything bigger and also don't see myself 'outgrowing' the bike...if anything, if I ever consider getting another bike, it'll probably be a cruiser instead of a bigger sportsbike. Still, before I even discuss and seek all your advice on the bike, I'll ask you guys about gear first: helmet, jacket, pants, gloves, boots, later on ITT.

Anyway, that's about it for me. Look forward to asking you guys LOTS of questions once I check out the various gear. Hoping that you'll oblige and looking forward to our discussions!
 

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Howdy, hogcowboy! How's the climate down there, is it good for riding w/ full gear or depends on the season? I always complain about our relatively low temps, but I wonder if it's not so bad when bikers are all covered in gear?
 

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We are in the season where you start removing things rather than put them on. Bumping 100º but hasn't gone over yet. Supposed to today or tomorrow though. So the heat is on.:D
 

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Welcome aboard
 

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Welcome to the Forum. There are some folks that have cooling vests that they wear under their gear. Where there is a will there is a way.
 
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