I've always liked the idea of riding a motorbike - having all that power in my hand and being open to the elements instead of hidden away in the tin box that is a car. I've been on the back of few bikes and it's been ok but nothing special. I want to be in control. In the last couple of years I've had a go at driving (riding?) a skidoo and a quadbike and enjoyed both.
I'm not really sure how much I'll like the practicality of motor biking though. When it's bad weather I want to be tucked away in the warm dry environment of my car and when it's good weather I really won't want to be wearing all that hot sweaty protective gear. I'd still like to give it a go though.
Without having a bike I don't know how good I'd be able to get. I could have a few lessons at a place where they provide the bike, but it's only by riding regularly on my own bike that I'd get to be good and really know if I like it or not. If I had my own bike there's the problem of storage. Maybe I could store it in my future hostel?
On my web design course I've become friendly with a woman who has a bike and is a member of a group of women bikers. They often go out riding in the Peak District together. So she could be a good contact for my future biking life!