Chengaleng had her first road ride last night, around the back blocks of Flemington on her new Suzy Across, freshly picked up from Pieter (NiMBuS of these very forums - thanks mate!) Storm clouds gathering in the distance we wobbled around the backstreets trying to avoid traffic. I could hear her shrieking with maniacal giggles every time she accidentally hit the horn button instead of the indicator canceller... It was a pretty good first crack, starting to build up a bit of confidence even as the lightning strikes drew closer. Then I encouraged her to follow me in a nice slow u-turn. She panicked a bit as a taxi was sitting on her tail, and poked the bike halfway up a driveway. Legs not quite long enough to get a good grip on the slightly wet ground, she toppled it trying to yank it backwards and up onto the road. No damage but a bit of a bruise, and the engine was flooded so we had to push it home. Got it back in the garage almost the very second the deluge struck. So perhaps an ignominous end to her first road ride, although the pride's not too badly dented and she's very keen to get back on for another crack. Might get her to wheel it around a bit more next time, help her get used to the weight - not to mention dropping a few clicks on the rear preload which should bring the ground up a bit closer! Nonetheless, it's with pride that I announce the newest member of the Netrider Extreme Lean Angle Squad - notable for getting her knee down on her first street ride, and doing it at 0km/h... She and her new ride are coming soon to a coffee night near YOU! Loz ps. Oh, and she's "Nous" on these forums if anyone wants to pm her a message of encouragement for next time she logs in!