...and I think i'm gonna get, due to being a first time rider other then my buddies dirt bike, a Kawasaki Ninja 250R. Nothing too gutsy, or expensive, for a first bike. Every time I try to talk to my mom about it she just seems to give me this crazy look and a stern " You aren't getting a bike." She used to ride when she was younger and I understand that on a bike I'm basically invisible. I also think that she assumes i'm gonna be just another 19 year old that wants to go fast and pop wheelies. I understand her concern but I still want a bike and I'm pretty sure she knows that I won't be doing that stupid stuff. As far as when I'll be getting it.... as soon as I save up a good $4-$5000. Any tips/tricks I need to know? I've been reading up on some of the other posts so I have a general idea of what to look for while riding. I also don't plan on getting out into traffic until i've gotten comfortable with driving around the back streets at about 20 MPH. Any help would be great. Thanks all.