So after getting my learners permit I've had a little time to get accustomed to the bike I've purchased - Red/Silver 2000 ZZR-250. I'd taken half of last Sunday to ride around in the amazing weather with a couple of friends of mine. Tonight, after much internal debate I decided to ride my bike home from work - which is where I'd been storing it for possible mid-lunch puttering around So, at 7:30 at night in the dark and minimal traffic, I started off home through the eastern Melbourne CBD - Richmond for those of you who are down here! The thoughts going through my head were probably doing me in more than my ability to ride - need that little bit of confidence to get me going! Anyways, as soon as I got on the bike, and turned onto the road I felt a familiar sensation of having the bike under me and I turned my focus to the road ahead. I only had a short trip ahead of me - 25 minutes by car in peak, 15 at this time of night, but I took it slow and steady as to not panic myself and feel in control of the situation. No hairy experiences other than cars assuming that I am small enough to fit in ANY space that they allow for me which required some quick thinking as to not get squished between parked cars and cars right on my tail to overtake me. But as for my first learner ride, I came away with some hopefully important things to remember: 1) Don't be too afraid, as you need that bit of confidence. ( keeping that paranoia that everyone is going to try and kill me, though! ) 2) Roundabouts and slow speed cornering needs to be improved upon, and will be my immediate aim. 3) Cars will tailgate, and drastically misjudge the amount of space they need to give, so react accordingly and try and pre-empt a little of their movements.