Yep, I did a little recon run out to work yesterday arvo to check the road surface and see how the bike handled all the tram tracks without the peak hour traffic to worry about. I know the road really well, but I usually ride a pushie (way over on the left) or a car (edge traps? What are edge traps? I fear no edge traps or tram lines!) and I know that the road looks a whole lot different on a motorcycle. So this morning I suited up for my first commute to work. It is mostly straight, with a couple of corners at traffic lights. There are only two curves where I actually get to countersteer at any kind of speed, but both of them have tram tracks to make them interesting. All up I'd say it was a success, in that I made it to work alive and smiling. I did get overtaken by another L plater on a scooter as I hung back behind cars in the right lane, but given that I was wearing a hi viz vest I figured it can't get much more embarrassing than that so I wasn't too bothered. I was a little surprised at the number of cars who pulled out directly in front of me. I'd see them edging their way out into the lane, and then finally decide that I wasn't speeding so they just pulled right out in front of me. I'm used to it on the bicycle, but somehow I thought that it would happen less on a motorcycle. I'm sure that if I had been in a car they would not have pulled out. (And I'm also sure that if I had been in a car I would not have pulled out in front of a motorcycle!) Another thing that surprised me a little was how tired my legs were when I got here. I must have been clutching the tank in a death grip or something! I suppose it will take a little while for the pedalling muscles to learn to be gripping and leaning muscles. I'll definitely be riding from now on.