So, today in SE QLD theres a bit of light rain and some wind. So I thought to myself that I should finally get out and try riding in the rain for the first time. Since well it's summer in QLD and I know I will caught out one day. Mostly I found the ride pretty good. I tried to really be aware of whats happening. I did this pretty well I think. I slowed everything down and tried to smooth out my riding style as much as I could for being so new. Didn't rev as high off the line, didn't rip it open esp with in the powerband and I shifted a bit shorter then normal to try to make sure the back wheel didn't do anything that I didn't expect. There was a time when I did open it up a little much when the slow car that was in front moved, I was sitting at around 8k rpm and I felt the back move a little, which was scary. I also finally noticed how easy the visor of my helmet fogs up. The helmet is a KBC XP3 with a rubber thing that sits over your nose - i presume to help to prevent defog - this was good as far as I can tell, though I did notice when stationary I had to concentrate on breathing slowly to stop fogging, or lift the visor a little. The biggest thing I noticed (or biggest scare I had) was a combination of 2 stupid (newbie) mistakes. I was going down a slight decline which also curves to the right. I was in 3rd and doing 60 to start with but since it was wet and I'm inexperienced I would slow down for the corner. I went to 40 and went to put the bike in 2nd, as I was releasing the clutch I was just starting the turn, the rear wheel had a slight compression lock and skidded the bike a bit and make me skid to Before today I thought that compression lock was a little BS and I noticed that I am not getting ready for a corner gear wise early enough. So for the rest of the ride I was trying to make sure I blipped the gear changes - which I am still finding hard to get decent and noticed that it has slowed the changes abit. But I guess the most important thing I took out of today is that practice in all conditions is needed.