heya all, got my learners and bike(honda cb250) last week and have been doing the commute to work on back roads.....today though was my first real taste of the main roads! and it was awesome!! been following this excellent forum for a few months now and i posted up alotta questions which got really good answers. eg about braking and turning. finally today i put them into practice and was really pleased! what planned out to be a quick 10min ride on the mains turned out to be a 2 1/2hr ride!! just couldn't stop! my favourite is taking the turns and leaning the bike which felt great! great tips for me which worked are: 1. applying back and front brakes gently at first then firmly to come to a stop 2. setting up speed before taking a curve/turn 3. while in a turn no braking 4. if running wide lean it over harder!!! 5. always make sure that you can see the road 5 seconds ahead otherwise slow down these are all basic to you riders but for me i had to constantly think about these when i was out there.......much different from a car hope to see you all out there.......i'm in the newcastle/lake macquarie region >>oh yeah and i was "dressed for the fall"(helmet, leather jacket, back protector, cordura pants, leather gloves and racing boots).