As mentioned earlier; I'd suggest this: Aphex's Guide for N00bs
but for what it's worth...
Attaining My RE License: Process, Do's & Don'ts
1) Sit test that is 15 multichoice questions. Is straightforward. Costs ~$35 to sit.
2) Get given a piece of paper saying that people that have ridden for more than 4 years can follow you around.
3) Get followed around.
4) Get good, confident and safe at riding while being followed around.
5) Book test.
6) Rage on the internet about how long you have to wait between initially booking your test and doing it.
7) Go do test. This also costs money.
8a) Pass test. Ride home without being followed around.
8b) Fail test. Next step is crucial. Take onboard ALL of what the examiner says to you. Understand that he/she failed you for a reason. There is absolutely NOTHING to be gained from coming onto PSB and iRaging about it and abusing the examiner. Failure happens. Take onboard what you are told you need to improve on, improve on it and do your test again. It is that simple.
Practise. Know what is expected of you before your test. Go on a few LNRs to get your road craft up to scratch as well as a bit of confidence.
Ride unsupervised. You're not covered by insurance, if you get caught by the police it will hurt. The law takes a dim and unapologetic view for those that break this one.
The best bit of advice you can get on helmets - and the one you'll get the most - is buy the one that fits the best.
Shop around for insurance. Use the search function. Recognise that everyone is different, their circumstances, riding history, age, bike all play a big part of an insurance company determining what they require in terms of cash for protection. Because I pay $2 annually for comprehensive cover provided by Bazza on my 1198 doesn't mean that you'll get the same deal. This is an instance where you need to do the legwork and make the phonecalls. Like buying a bike, we can't tell you what's best for you.
Shadows are people that volunteer to ride with you while you have your learner's permit. They are typically helpful, very generous with their time and approachable people.
A list of shadows is here
It is however worth reiterating this:
Buying a bike.
Originally Posted by Shadow types
No one is going to tell you in all seriousness what bike you should buy. They can't reasonably take into account your personal situation and make up your mind for you, so please don't ask them to. That said, there are threads with information about bikes in them. Try reading up in the 250 section
. If you're new to 250s read Aphex's guide
. Furthermore, as a prospective buyer, don't waste a person's time kicking tyres in a private sale. It is advisable that if you want a test ride, present 100 points of ID to the seller and hand over the cash prior to test piloting to ease the concerns of all involved. Get it looked over by a mechanic. Derek Ball, Moto Pro and K-Tec are typically held in high regard in these parts. Please though, before hitting the "new thread" button, which remember - is not a toy - use the search function. Chances are someone else has already covered what you wish to know and that in searching for it, you'll find more things out that will potentially be useful than if you just fired away at the beginning.
Selling your bike
So you've had a 250 for a year and you - like nearly everyone else - want to upgrade. In doing so though, you need to sell your bike to raise funds. Read this.
Deej says it better than anyone else.