Hey guy, welcome to the forum and to riding! Be careful, the Z's have a lot more power than they let on (because they're so user-friendly, it's easy to get in over your head with speed and turns). Z's aren't as "top-end" as other 1000's, or 600's for that matter, but on the street they're super-tough and all day comfortable. If you're married definately get a Corbin rear seat. Kinda ugly but she'll feel comfortable and like riding with you (stock rear seat is a joke-looks good, but chicks hate it). Sign up for the MSF course. Easy free way to get your license, and teaches you VERY good fundamentals/basics you should learn, before developing bad habits. Welcome.