Just had my first weekend on the bike, and here is a summary of the experience: 1) Improvement in skills? Definitely! From being nervous on Sat morning to being much more confident by Sun evening. At first, I forgot just about everthing they taught you at L-school, but when I got used to turning, shifting gears, turning on (and off!) indicators etc., I had more brainpower to remember to check mirrors before stopping, getting my stopping distances right etc. 2) Near accidents? Had two! One was when a lady was turning right into a street I was on. I think she saw me (but it didn't register with her for some reason), but pulled out anyway and then realised I was there so stopped right in front of me in the middle of the street. Luckily, I had slowed down by then and managed to stop the bike and give the lady a nice stare as she started driving again (which she ignored). The second wasn't a near accident but was a scare. I pulled away from the lights and was bit slow in changing gears to 2nd as the bike went to neutral instead, so a taxi went AROUND me at speed on a narrow street with cars parked on the either side. If I put my right hand out, I reckon I could have nearly put my hand inside the taxi, he was that close! 3) Future thoughts Was thinking about commuting to work, but after the near accidents not so sure about riding around in Sydney traffic. Being a regular user of taxis (work pays for them), I have been on a few crazy taxi rides where the taxi drivers think they own the road. Lots of taxis in Sydney + crazy driver = not a good place to commute. Might stick to weekend rides instead.... Not sure if my first weekend was typical, what was your first weekend experience like?