Had a great day yesterday with Doug, GreyBM, Niteowl, and about 4 other learners in the [Vic] Saturday Learners ride. We started off with a bit of a group ride because the car park behind the servo was rather full with cars and their boat trailers. So we rode through St Kilda, Albert Park, and into Port Melbourne to the secret location. The group ride was good as it introduced me to the concept of corner markers. Once there witches hats were set up and instructions given and we all went about learning the art of riding a motorcycle. It was a great day and well worth the time and effort - I'll definitely be doing it again. It was the first time that I had really got out on the bike, into traffic, and riding reasonable distances. Living in Dingley, it's probably about 20km's to the servo in Elwood and about another 10-12km's to Port Melbourne. Where we were was not too far from where I work so when I went home I took the route I normally take. It was a great experience because the weather encouraged many people to get out and go to the all the beaches which replicated the traffic conditions I'd normally drive home from work in. Some observations of my ride home/riding: - a Merc driver on St Kilda St impatiently poked the nose of her car out into traffic. I was a fair distance away from her but still had to brake quicker than I normally would have liked. She knew I was there and waved apologetically to me as she zoomed in front of me. - as I pulled up to a red light, I changed lanes without checking my mirrors or doing a head check. As soon as I did it, I realised how dangerous it was and gave myself a serve. - I found myself getting too close to cars in front from time to time and had to consciously do the "one-thousand and one, one-thousand and two, one-thousand and three" count. I guess this is a driving habit that I'll need to break. - some of my cornering was a little jerky and needs to be smoother - taking off and some of my gear changes need to be smoother as well. I don't know how forgiving the gear box on a CB250 is (anyone able to advise?) but I'm sure there were a couple of times that it complained to me… I went for another ride this morning and made a concerted effort to rectify the above issues with some success. Traffic was a lot lighter than yesterday, but I went down Beach Rd through Hampton and Beaumaris and the winding nature of it was great practise. I've now done about 140km's on the bike and after today's ride down Beach Rd, I can see why so many people like biking… Cheers, Michael.