I just got back in from my first ride on my new baby!!! :newb: Dashed off from work to MCA, picked up my gear, then dashed to pick my bike up (from "t" off these forums)... so yes, i'm a proud owner of a shiny black 2000 VTR! Fantastic bike, sounds great with the Staintune on :grin: Sure i pissed some neighbors off on my way to the carpark where i was going to practice (i saw some curtains being moved aside and a face popping out) Anyway, on to the ride!... I live in a block of townhouses, so i managed to start and start moving first time without stalling... but then i realised that i have to go uphill to get out of my garage on to the street, and i couldn't get the revs right and kept stalling... so i pushed ... i'll work on it!!... any tips there? Then i went up and down my street slowly... building up confidence untill i hit about 50km/h (the limit), and did that a few times before i turned into a childcare center carpark (i remembered my blinkers on and off!! yay!!) Well in the carpark i practiced slow maneuvers, left hand turns... right hand turns... figure 8s. I didn't really get out of first gear because it was a loose surface ... Anyway, after an hour or two (time flies when you're having fun!) i decided to come home (again, remembered indicators)... was being careful because the road was a bit wet!! Came in, down the ramp, missed neutral and stalled Back into gear with dad watching, and pulled off perfectly and found neutral while slowing down!!! Backed it into the garage and switched it off, pulled my helmet off and had the biggest grin EVER on my face!! THEN NEAR TRAGEDY!! I was moving the bike away from the wall so i could crouch down on the left side to have a look at it... and the side stand flicked up when the bike was half on it!!! I managed to catch it and right it again before it hit the ground :-$ ahhhh well, i have to go get petrol tomorrow after work... Taking the cage because i'm not confident enough to fight the soccer mums!! be my first real road ride then! *scared*... I'll let you know how it goes!