The only time I really rode a bike was in the Bahamas. Rented a bike for a week and this was 25 years ago. It was a little 100-150cc job. I'd like to actually get some instruction in 'nam, Thailand or the Philippines before I start riding. Is this a possibility/good idea. I'm talking something better than a salesman walking me through the controls briefly, slapping me across the butt and wishing me luck. Lately I've watched some videos of traffic in Vietnam and, Holy Shit. I think I'll do my riding in the countryside. It seems to tick my major box, i.e. don't do anything too stupid that could get you dead. I'm at the best time of my life; retired young, healthy, and enough money. I don't want to screw things up now. Edit: Honda Motorcycles in the Philippines offers a basic course for PHP2000 or about $40 usd. And they offer more advanced courses too. What do you guys/girls think? I know a lot of you ride: @Skins , @wanderluster , @bobdobbs ... is this a good idea?