Aloha Kehau and others. I too have had my bike for a month. Although I never got comments on my size (6' 220lbs), there have been too many people that tried to share the "Uncle Bob Story" to dissuade me from getting a bike. Asking questions about the circumstances involved, the rider's experience level and overall competence usually ended the conversation. I recognize the inherent dangers in riding as much as I recognize the ill effects smoking has on one's health. Thankfully, riding is not cancer causing.:wink: The important thing is that you learn at your own pace and network with other riders in your area. Of course, taking the MSF course goes without saying. I look forward to taking the course next weekend. As you know, MSF course completion is required for all DOD members before one can ride his/her motorcycle onto a military base. Enjoy your bike and may tomorrow's ride be better than today's.