I'm an Aussie that moved to NY nearly 6 years ago and decided that I wasn't crazy enough to try driving a car here... Turns out you need to be crazier to ride a motorcycle between the cabs and the potholes right through to Russia (insert Trump jokes here).
I bought a Honda Rebel 300 with 5 miles off an old biker that had decided he couldn't ride anymore and even the Rebel was too much for him. Its an amazing bike but I wanted to upgrade within 6 months.
Turns out I should have researched the theft rates and ways to protect my bike better first. I bought a Yamaha FZ-07 (which I highly recommend). Had it for 2.5 months before it was stolen. Heartbroken.
Anyhoo, I'm now looking to do small upgrades to the Rebel while waiting for the spring to try again. Not a mechanic by any stretch but usually good with all things mechanical, repairs building Ikea furniture (I know I shouldn't brag).
Here's hoping the Trolls are asleep while I stumble around on here..