As some of you may know, I have had a particularly bad run when it comes to riding this past year. I upgraded from my trusty learner, a Zook GS500E, a little too early last september. All was well until I got caught. Shit. That stopped my riding for almost 6 months including the time I spent after the suspension waiting until I got my full licence. I have come to realise the stupidity of my actions and am now a full advocate of riding out the whole learner period, because simply put, it isn't worth getting caught, and I can't believe my own stupidity in riding uninsured. Then this happened. After 11 weeks of intense physio (which included me relearning how to walk and realising the extent of muscle wastage on my right leg), my knee's range of motion is 15 from straight to 120 from straight. After weeks and weeks of sitting on the bike making vroom vroom noises and trying to get my right heel on the peg, something happened today in physio which allowed my knee to move much more freely within that 15-120 degree ROM. Not exactly sure what, but it felt a whole lot freer. It seems to be recovering in a non-linear fashion; three or four weeks of no improvement, followed by a week in which massive gains are had. I sat on the bike this afternoon and could easily move my heel onto the peg. So then, I put my boot on and tried again. Little bit stiff, but still much easier than before. After about an hour and a half deciding as to whether I was ready to go for a short spin, I decided that a lap around the block couldn't hurt. Righto. Pants, check. Jacket, check, Gloves, check, helmet,.. oh, that's right, helmet goes on before gloves. Shit I'm nervous. Even though I have full comp I really, really don't want to crash. Okay, here we go.... Shit this thing is fast! Better be really careful. Jeez the front is spongy, hmmm, might head to the service station. 28 psi (!) there, much better. Okay, now let's head over to that road that goes to Cessnock. That's pretty sweet. Starting to get a feel for the bike again, man this is a lot of fun! Okay, the pain in my leg is getting pretty intense, might stop for a bit at this cafe. Had a chat with a bloke who used to own a bonne and cracked a few jokes about how my bike 'can't possibly be a Triumph cause it ain't leakin any oil!' Funny bloke. Original too. I finish my drink, and head back home the way I came. I find out that I can't stand on the pegs due to my leg simply being too weak at this stage; nevermind, that's what the gym is for! Still very ginger on the throttle, making sure that I don't make any stupid mistakes from not having ridden in 218 days. Back into the garage an hour later, and I tell you guys, it sure does feel great to be back on two wheels. Mitch.