What a great feeling to finally get a bike. I purchased a 2001 YZ 250 last week and will get to ride it this weekend. I have a few questions and was hoping to get some of the experts to help me out. 1. I purchased a bike hitch carrier and it is very nice. It has a small wobble when I am hauling it, but it has a pretty big wobble (lean) when load the bike. Is it necessary to get a stabilizer? It does fine when I am carrying it, but was thinking the extra stability would be nice. I carried the bike over 4.5 hours on the highway, with speeds up to 80 with no problems. 2. The exhaust on it now is very loud. I do not like it being so loud and want to silence it as much as I can. The bike has tons of power and I am fine with losing power to quiet it down. I found some low prices on EBay, but I do not have any idea if the exhausts that they are selling will silence it at all. I have no desire to spend a bunch of money on the bike for now, so if I cannot get a good deal, I will leave it as is for now. 3. I will be doing trail riding and moving up to some mx stuff. For the most part, I will be riding like an old man and will not push the limits for some time. I have a helmet and goggles and am planning on buying gloves as well. Is it recommended to get other gear or just have the basics? 4. Is there a guide that I can get that walks me through the recommended maintenance and upkeep on the bike? The guy I bought the bike from knew all about what to do, but it was information overload for me. A guide would be great. 5. With the hitch carrier that I purchased, I am not sure if I can put the bike on it by myself. When the bike is loaded on the hitch, the front tire drops in the carrier and the back tire should as well. The back tire is larger and does not drop in the carrier and so the bike will not stay on the carrier without tie-downs. My thought is to roll the bike on the carrier (have the tie-downs attached to the bike and the carrier), then pull the two tie-downs so that they hold the bike on the carrier. I am not sure if it will work and do not want to drop the bike trying to do this. The next issue is how to unload it. I can do the opposite and try to roll the bike off after I release the tie-downs. Am I missing something or is that the best way to do it? I do not currently have anyone to ride with, so I do not have much of an option. My wife can help me load it at my house, but I am on my own wherever I try to load it at. Thanks in advance for the help and/or suggestions.