Hi All, I just thought I'd share this... it's quite long but hey, all new comer's have their own stories... so here's mine. Enjoy. Fear and Adrenaline Obtained my Learnerâ€™s permit not more than two to three weeks ago, my first ride on public roads were on an 80k speed stretch of road, night time and pouring down rainâ€¦ Not a great way to start, but the initial thought was that, I needed to know how it feels like in the rainâ€¦ But as I wasnâ€™t familiar with the bike, I checked up the petrol tank and realized petrol was needed. And as for a beginner, having someone riding along side was something very important, especially in those conditionsâ€¦ So I called up a mate, whoâ€™s been on his Lâ€™s for over a month or twoâ€¦ I know I shouldâ€™ve called up someone whoâ€™s been riding longer than that, but I thought, since we are both learning, we can learn togetherâ€¦ in the rain. Feeling the confident boost, we headed out to the traffic lights, and turned on to the main road and headed for the petrol station, and as the speed hit 60 on the bike, vision was no longer clear, but just a blur view of mixed lights and colour as the rain covered up the visorâ€¦ My mental conscious hit me, â€œWhat am I supposed to do now?â€, next thing I knew, I moved the visor up and the rain was splashing into my eyes and face, but the vision was much clearer nowâ€¦ Finally, the petrol stationâ€¦ Canâ€™t believe the $14 full tank job, had this smile on my face as I walked into the register to payâ€¦ Walking back out, the rain has lightened up, but there was still rain and being excited as any new rider would be, there was not a second of fear that hit me, so I jumped back on to the bike to start it upâ€¦ Pressed the start button, clutched, gear 1 and engine turned offâ€¦ what the??? So I repeatedâ€¦ again and again and againâ€¦ With disbelief my friend told me to hop off and he jumped on himself to try and same results occurred, then suddenly a smirk appeared on both our facesâ€¦ I had the side stand onâ€¦ just realising that with the CBR250RR 1990+ models, if you have the side stands down, you cannot have it in gear, otherwise it will turn off the engineâ€¦ so having that solved, we decided to ride in the back streetsâ€¦ as it was a bit too dangerous outside on the main road. Still having the confidence we road down hill on this street, where the curves are continuously S shaped, one after anotherâ€¦ Being safe and having to ride first time in the wet without the instructors, we took it slowly and eventually we came to a stop and my friend decided to call it a night, so we turned around and headed back. As an inexperience rider, with no more than the lessons taught and stories I heard about the rain, I thought to myselfâ€¦ I hadnâ€™t really felt much of the differenceâ€¦ then the thought of speed hit the back of my mind and I throttled the bike like it was no tomorrow as we went uphillâ€¦ we came to the curves and I knew with the bike I was on, I must leanâ€¦ So I leanedâ€¦ the rear wheel started to slide as I leaned, the rain was still present and the road was soaked with water, I finally felt the fear eating me upâ€¦ and as the fear was trying to take me over, adrenaline pumped through my heart trying to race the speed of time and with each curve I reached my speed increased a bit to test friction and with each friction I try to challenge, the more the bike slideâ€¦ The feeling of fear and adrenaline fighting for the top place was taking over me, I was either going to slip and fall or do the impossibleâ€¦ but I know impossible was just stupidity so I slowed down. Looking forward and seeing the straight road again, the fear went away and looking back at the rear view mirror, I can only see a dot of lightâ€¦ my mate finally caught up and the next thing I know, he was calling me a crazy ass mofoâ€¦ so we both called it a night. Walking back into my brotherâ€™s house after parking the bike, I wanted to go back outside and throttle the corner againâ€¦ but the good side of me said, â€œMate, thatâ€™s enough for the nightâ€¦â€ Iâ€™ve told this to many friends and riders I knowâ€¦ they all sat me down and gave me a lecture about how dangerous it wasâ€¦ But the thought in the back of my head says, letâ€™s do it again.