Not a mid-life crisis, but a new job which I know is going to be a longer commute-time due to traffic and limited parking spaces at work. By car it will take 40 mins max, but it's the parking that's going to be a real problem. (Searching round for space etc). So, what do ARRSERS think ? Too old to enrol in MC lessons ? Will I be dead by summer - creamed into a tree / tractor / truck ? Too expensive ? Insurance is bound to be more expensive for a first time MC rider, I'm certain, but advice on that score would be appreciated. Type of MC ? I'm thinking of the less powerful end of the market and, no , I do not want to grow a beard and ponce around with the psuedo Hell Angels (retired fund managers Chapter) on a huge Harley / Hog / Whatever. No intention to buy a monster of a bike but would avoid a scooter or moped like the plague. 400 - 500 cc perhaps ? I like the idea of a Triumph Bonneville but please tell me if I'm weong. A BMW ? Should I do this ? Funding agreed by 0A so that's no problem. Lessons ? Take a week-off and go for the intensive instruction ? Or take a few lessons and pootle around on "L" Plates for a good while before going in for a test ? Sensible advice required....but I realise that this is ARRSE. Cheers, Scabbers p.s. I did have a lesson once. Army bike of course ( Bombardier ?). Opened the throttle too fast and did a wheelie down Exeter St in Salisbury before falling off in front of a bus load of Jap tourists. It had to be japs........oh the shame ! That was the last lesson, the DI f*cked me off the course after that.