Hi. Thanks for letting me join. I'm a Brit living in France. I'm retired and, after a 40 year layoff, have made the mad decision to get back on a bike - purely fine weather biking, I hasten to add. Anyway, with my usual balls out approach to anything, I have bought myself a 1993 VF750C. Yep, I know. Damn thing is twice as heavy as the last bike I owned all those years ago. Still, nothing ventured... So, I'm getting a few refresher lessons - have already dumped the school's Yamaha 700, which didn't do my confidence any good at all. But they've got me doing slow turns and figure of eights with no throttle. I'm sure it will be useful, but I can't get to grips with it and reckon I never will. I've taken the VF up the lane and back a couple of times and the weight of it has me in a bit of a flat spin. It's no Harley or Gold Wing, but a feather-weight it is not. I'll post some pictures when I figure out how to transfer them from my phone - sure is a purdy beast! As I said at the top, I have a couple of questions - if you'll forgive me for asking when I've been here for less than five minutes. Will be an active participant, promise. Rear brake is squealing when applied. Could it be dust/debris - or should I assume new shoes are required? Bike only has a side stand; is there any way of working on the back end in this situation - paddock stand, perhaps? Looking on the interweb, there appears to be two types of brake shoe: one has a full hole in each shoe, which I guess locates on a peg in the hub, and one has two semi-circular cut-outs, which I imagine enclose the peg. Any help, much appreciated. Once again, many thanks for letting me join. If you are okay with it, I'll keep you posted as to my progress in this new world I'm building. Best. Steve.