So I have had my bike for about 10 days now. I have done about 600km on it. Slowly increasing distance and taking plenty of breaks. Today decided to go for a decent bit of a jaunt - http://goo.gl/maps/n46Yu Just on 200km in total. I have done the first bit a couple times now - the road where you turn off Melton Highway at the windmill (Doug suggested it) is nice a quiet and straight and good for emergency braking practice - I start with a couple there and then a couple more on the way home. Thru to Gisborne was good - although first time I have ridden in strong wind - it does move you around doesn't it? I figured 240kg of GSX650F + 140kg of me it wouldn't be going far but no.... then i remembered it blows 2 tonnes of car around on the road. Got thru Macedon and up to the cross, my first issue - negotiating the turn radii ok - but trying to pick my way through all the gum tree detritus is pretty hazardous - just had to slow down a pick my way through, was valuable to feel how much that debris on the road affects the bike - but also that just hitting a twig isn't going to instantly throw me off. Back down and around Mt Macedon to Woodend for lunch - nice break and stretch and regather thoughts. Next bit thru to Trentham - more tree debris on the road but it cleared up then from Trentham down to Greendale. This part was quite enjoyable - sweepers, some slower but i also had a major fcuk up. From what I remember it was a left hand corner - longish - 80kph limit and I think signposted at 60kph. I entered at what I thought was a good speed but just ran completely wide and into the middle of the other lane - there was a rh corner not too much further ahead and I couldn't see if anything was coming so just stood the bike up - and ran right onto the rh shoulder and stopped the bike off the road - just as a car came around the corner - so it was a big oh shit moment. Moved a little so I could see both ways and took off again - and just pootled along and ran over what had just happened. Going back over it - I don't think I was too fast - but I did have the throttle closed. I also looked straight at the other side of the road when i started running wide. The speed limit is 80kph through the area and I don't really go over it , so there wasn't much braking needed in many corners - just engine braking I was finding was enough to slow me down. But when i replayed a lot of the corners in my head - i was entering the corners with a trailing/closed throttle, instead of a constant speed throttle. So back on the horse - well, I hadn't got off it, but back on the gas and concentrated on throttle - if i had just coasted into an corner, making sure to consciously crack the throttle back open to steady state/constant speed and i found the bike tracked the corners much better instead of drifting. So onwards to the Western Freeway for a brief time before back off at Bacchus Marsh and around the back roads home. Freeway at 110kph in todays wind was pretty crap - but I handled it, stayed in my lane, but not very nice. So I think a productive day and I am still alive - something to concentrate on though.