So i started riding on the road for those that don't know almost a year ago, maybe a week shy. I've got 10 years dirt bike experience behind that but jumped on a roady and never looked back. Like all learners, i had the jitters about certain things. Long story short, i had a serious crash because of SR's (Survival Reactions). I looked at the embankment i didn't want to hit, and as you can predict, bang at 100km/h i hit it. Luckily i walked away but i was pissed off. I'd read about them and tried to practice ignoring them but your bodies instincts are hard to overcome. Anyway, i hit the Spurs the other day in great conditions, and was feeling really switched on the second i pulled out the driveway. Get up to Marysville where the real fun starts on the run up to Lake Mountain and down the Reefton. As many would know, there are some hairy corners up there, and i was going pretty hard. I hit a 45km/h corner at about 80km/h (about the limit for my bike given the camber and i didn't have a deathwish), and realised at corner entry i'd overcooked it as the road thinned. I looked dead ahead, but within 0.2 of a second my head snapped back to the vanishing point, counter-steered hard and executed the corner perfectly. The buzz i got out of it was astonishing. I'd avoided a possible wipe out by executing critical lessons that i'd had drilled into me by mentors but simply cant be taught, only learned. I guess im posting this so new riders out there accept that you're going to experience these feelings when you get a bit of confidence up. As i was told when i started riding, you cant trade experience in the saddle for anything. Finally my head is at the point where i can ride harder and have exit strategies for when things go a little pear shaped. Give it time and you'll pick it up, just dont get too over confident like i did. As Raven told me, the most dangerous time of a riders career is from complete beginner to intermediate. Things are starting to fall into place and skill levels can be pushed beyond your own capabilities. Take it slow, learn to ride properly and it will all come to you. I never thought id be riding like i am now after only 12 months. But i've got a lifetime to learn, and will never stop learning. The next danger i need to avert is yet to happen, thats the next learning curve.....what danger i don't know but on a bike on public roads, take your pic. What im proud of is getting SR's sorted.....sorry for the rant! Safe riding.