Ok, here's an update video of my seemingly rapid progress on the bike compared to the first video! After the first nervous day, a good sleep after that had me really excited for more riding, so I immediately noticed my breathing was far more settled on day 2 - an easy thing to say if you watch the first vid! So on that day after, I rapidly got bored of the local laps I was doing. I then ventured out a few streets more, did some take off practice, then had enough courage to try some busier roads (Charman and Balcombe Rds, in Mentone way). Even at schoolies peak hour I wasn't that nervous! On Saturday I rode all the way from Mentone to Elwood for the learners' practice, via Beach Road. Amazed that I could make it, and ride reasonably confidently with the cagers on the way. So here is today's video of my 4th ride down to Brighton (yes, I'm that new I can still count 'em!). Just stoked to be able to make such a trip pretty confidently. Like many here, I still have heaps to learn. I need to be more consistent with head checks. I suck at take offs, too slow and inconsistent. Sometimes I change up far too soon. I had one scary moment on the way home where I fixated on the curb at 60 kph and drifted into a (fortunately clear and known to me as clear) lane next to me. That scared the bejesus outta me, enough that I rode perfectly the rest of the way home! Today was the fastest I've ridden, just over 60kph and it didn't bother me one bit. Isn't this learning process a hoot? I can see why this past-time is so popular and addictive, and can now appreciate why even the veterans say they are constantly learning. As noted in Youtube, I used a specialist audio recorder that I had lying around, it did a great job at picking up all the exterior sounds. Just strapped it to the pillion seat, pressed record. I dubbed my commentary over once home, I certainly don't need any more distractions while riding right now.