Following obtaining my learners permit, I took the bike for a ride to a local car park last weekend. Was a bit nervous but chose a quiet time to go and went for it. The 1km ride had all green lights and therefore no braking practice but no stalls either! Gear changes were awkward and I was in too high a gear going uphill. Remembered to cancel indicators but could have been better with head checks. Got to the car park and switched everything off to take a breather. Heart was pounding and on a warm day, head sweating like crazy. Realised in that moment that it was so new and nervy that it had been a bit of a blur and all teachings of breathe slowly and hug the bike had kind of gone out of the window for that short ride. But man, was it exciting. Started it up, lifted the kick stand and as I tilted the bike up straight it kept going... And going... and fell to the right. I laughed (what else could I do). Killed the bike and picked it up. Thankfully, there were only minor scratches on the brake lever. Coolant had gushed out though and so I brought the bike back where it's sat for a week. Learning for me was my right foot position. I think it was too far back and I suspect I was resting on the ball of my foot rather than being flat on the ground. Will be back out this weekend Still nervy but determined to build the experience especially of more car park practice - it can only get better from there. One thing is for sure - am so glad I started this; nothing like beginning to learn such a new skill.