Hi All, Did my first long ride this weekend, well long for me; I’ve had the bike for about a month or so (KLR650 + L’s) and done some trips from Mosman up to Palm Beach and commuting back and forth from North Sydney, the opportunity came up for a longer ride to the Southern Highlands via M5 then down through Bowral and Mittagong. Decided to get up early on Saturday morning to hit the motorway with as little traffic as possible to get used to the feeling, so up and out by 6.45 am, and not with the best of starts…….pulled out of the drive and dropped the bike….what a great F’ing start!! No damage other than a minor scratch on the hand guard. Nerves were setting I guess. I hit the cross city tunnel and then the ED both were a breeze, very little traffic then hit the M5 pottering along at 80’ks, the motorway was fun and didn’t mind being overtaken by everything that moved, I found that everybody gave me plenty of room. Came off the motorway at the Alpine/Yerrinbol exit and headed off to Kangaroo Valley through the back roads, spent a lot of time trying to extend my line of vision to the vanishing point rather than 10 meters in front of the wheel. I wouldn’t say I’ve mastered it but my cornering is much improved thanks to the cornering basics in the new riders section, fought the urge to grab a handful of brake and did the big head turn instead and had much more confidence….thanks for that best bit of info I’ve read so far. I gotta say I probably learned more in the ride there and back than I have done since I’ve had the bike – I’d like to do more of these, time permitting, with some experienced riders. Just booked the Confidence and Road Riding Skills Course at Hart in MonaVale for the 23rd October if anybody else is doing it?