I don't think I've ever properly introduced myself to TT. I'm from Los Angeles, have been riding my ttr125 for about a year. I'm moving up to the Bay Area in August. I will lose my mechanic/mentor/riding buddies. I'm thinking about getting a Serow with plate and getting rid of my junky car so I can be trailer independant. (What say you?) I like getting dirty and splashing through puddles, I like pushing myself, but I'm not really a racer. Ive been trying to learn how to be my own mechanic but I won't have a garage for awhile, so I'll need to find a reputable shop on the Peninsula. Hope to meet some new people, discover new resources, keep my learning curve up. Let me know if you don't mind meeting someone who is enthusiastic about riding but green as all hell. Have a happy fourth everyone! BTW I ended up buying the Tom Cats for knee protection. Still getting used to the extra bulk, but no luck on elbow guards yet due to my chicken arms. Thanks for all the good advice.