Hey all, Finally managed to calm my nerves a bit and get on to the roads. I went from Beaconsfield to the new house in Pakenham up Princes Hwy. So 80 zones and fairly busy. Even stopped and got petrol from a real petrol station! I had been filling from a can up until now. I was looking for a few tips if this is the right place for it: 1. Is there a "best way" / "best time" to gear up. Taking off from lights from first I seem to lose a bit of speed when im switching from first to second. I generally: throttle off, clutch in, gear up, throttle on + clutch out around same time (although I'm pretty bad at it, lots of revs before clutch engages sometimes). Maybe this is an engine breaking thing? I may be throttling off causing engine braking and then clutch off. Or maybe I need to get the revs higher before gearing up? I don't know. 2. Gearing down for lights. I found myself doing it all in one clump and my bike sounding scrapey, making me feel bad. Is there a best way to do this? Do you gear down one by one following the usual procedure (throttle off, clutch, gear down, clutch + throttle) just in a quick fashion? 3. How high of a gear should I go at speed? I mean in an 80 I was kind of hitting 4th and the bike wasn't struggling at many revs. Should I be trying to go as high as possible or is it ok to stay in 4th? Does it sound like I'm doing something wrong? Or just need to get faster at it all and practice a bunch? As the douchey looking guy in the right sided american car said at the lights do I need to "go down to the car park and ride around for an hour" then cackle to his friend next to him? (The last one was a joke, I plan on fiddling around in car parks.. but I was wearing hi viz vest, had an L plate and I think did "ok", short of take offs.. tried not to take what he said to heart too much) Thanks!