Hi all, Having never rode a bike before, after one amazing morning as pillion with my godfather, I went out and bought a bike, got my L's, did my Q-Ride, upgraded my licence to RE, and got my bike delivered home. All in 2 weeks. Then came Xmas and New Years and with travel and family commitments I have not had many opportunities to ride. Twice the weather has scuppered my plans. Did get out on the bike once, at 6.30am on a Sunday morning, just rode streets around my home and was only out for an hour. It wasn't a very "fun" experience I was nervous and anxious, kept thinking I would drop it or someone would crash into me, or me into them. I don't think I made any big mistakes though, I didn't stall it and didn't put myself or anyone else in danger. At least, I don't think I did... But I don't have anyone to ask how I did on my first ride! I don't really have anyone to ride with who lives nearby who I can just hang with for an hour or two. I know I need to get out and practice, but I don't know what to practice and I don't know where to go to practice it. I guess I am a little stumped where I go from here... I know that I know nothing, but I don't know the best way to build up my skills or my confidence. I can feel myself putting off riding again. I had the whole day off today and I didn't go near the bike, I read a lot of NR threads though! So... Do I need to hire an instructor? Are riding instructors just like driving instructors and they come to your house and take you somewhere and give you things to practice? Can anyone recommend one on Brisbane's north side? Or, is this exactly what I can expect from the Mentors thread? If so, I will get my butt straight into that thread and put my hand up for assistance!