hey guys i thought i might keep a little diary here of my rides and what i do/stuffup so people can critic/watch progress ect. anyway i touched a bike for the first time just after xmas. a friend rode it down to an empty industrial estate and said "so what do you want to do first" i replied with "ride a straight line without falling off" i jumped on the bike and within 5 minutes i was doing circles, figure 8's ect. not perfectly but the slow speed stuff seemed fine. after about 20 minutes of this he jumped in my trick and said "back in ten..wait here" like i had anywhere else to go without a supervisor. he got back with his bike.. he decided i would be fine to ride it home. we did a few laps of the industrial estate and then headed along some back streets to subway for lunch. I stalled the bike a few times particularly at sets of lights as i felt added pressure because i didnt want to piss of drivers behind me. on the trip back there was a very sharp left turn. i entered the corner and i felt the bike drift out over the centre line.. there was an oncoming car but not too close to make me shit myself but close enough that my friend worried if i did something/panic and i washed out i would def be collected. there was a slight sprinkle of rain and i adjusted/tightened my corner and everything was fine. however my friend afterwards stressed to me to be very very carefull adjusting when the wheels are touching that paint particularly when wet... made sense wont happen again. after reflecting that night (with massive arm pump) i realised i was hanging on with a bit of a death grip. and after reading stuff on here i now know that it translates through to how the bike handles the corner. my second trip was with a different friend we went to the industrial estate last tuesday arvo and it was a shocker. i live on a main road and i stalled 5 times just getting out my driveway, then again at the lights 50m up the road. then i didnt stall again for the next 90 minutes. down to the estate we went and i felt like i had gotten worse, forgetting to turn off indicator ect... i dont know why but riding with this particular friend (i have 3 i can ride with) seemed to stress me out and he was in a way trying to push me faster through corners ect. third trip was yesterday arvo, 2 hours of just riding around the back streets from my house, cornering, braking, shifting down to the right gear for a corner ect. went very smooth.. i felt comfy on the bike and my arms were sore from a big gym session the night before on the upper arms but i didnt get the lower arm pain from the bike. i stalled once taking off from the shoulder after pulling over for a quick chat with a mate. I still was forgetting the indicator a little but in the end began making more of a habit to make the turn, turn it off and then i would even randomly tap the button here and there while riding just to make sure. today for my birthday 2 of my friends (the one from yesterday) and the one from my first trip took me for a ride. we were from my house (Crestmead, logan city) to eagleby to visit a friend for 20 mins, then we shot down to oxenford and up the arse end of Mount Tamborine, stopped for a drink then down the twistier side. Pulled into the bearded dragon for lunch and then proceeded home. ~150ks today. stalled once this morning when i shifted to first coming upto lights and cars were JUST begining to take off.. and idk what i did but i was trying to keep the bike crawling along and it stalled.. without planting feet i just clutched in and fired it back up and took off. everything today seemed to go really really good. I could have been faster, i could have taken corners quicker. however that was not the point of today.. it was about getting out there.. giving it a go and getting comfortable before i begin to push myself and my bike to where i can nail those corners at high speed. my friends have been calling me CHOOK for donkeys years but today i think i earnt the nickname daisy lol. i did the speed limit and i was fine with that. i think i may have caused a bit of worry in an oncoming car on the way home however.. in a 100 zone i was on the right track and was moving my legs a bit as they were getting a tad cramped and the motion of me moving my right leg caused the bike to move to the right a foot/foot and a half before i corrected it.. i stayed in my lane but i can see how the driver may have thought i could have gone over. and i almost cliped a curb, tiny little roundabout and my buddy was leading and instead of u turning at the roundabout (no traffic around) he proceeded around it a second time.. i was a bit quick and the bike moved to the outer edge.. i panics a bit.. grabbed a handfull of clutch and brake and stopped the bike parallel and about 1 inch off the gutter... could have been worse. i have always tried to respect bike riders, my family is full of them.. so i always check blind spots when driving and its ingrained into me when i look to think "wheres the bike" even if there isnt one.. iam looking for it. but after doing a bit of motorway riding today, some basic/easy winding corners on the mountain downhill and some suburban fairly heavy traffic i have even more respect for the riders out there. now to take an asprin and try shake the headache i have from the wind rush generated through my helmet (rjays dominator... all i could afford over xmas holidays until i was back to work this week.. so hopefully in a month-6 weeks ill go buy an agv or something a bit better as i have only 1 head) so thats everything to date.. my friends are convinced ill laugh through qride after i get a proper instructor to point out the things iam doing wrong but thats a few weeks away yet (ill ring them to make a booking in 2 weeks) but in the meantime hopefully i get another 200-300ks under me before then. ill update this as i go along with things i do, learn, stuff up... also thank you to the 2 cruiser riders (i would guess harleys) that shared the lane when overtaking the 3 of us on the way up the mountain(i was doing the limit). they sat behind us for a while to give me ample time to know they were there, they did the lane share on an easy bit of road and they didnt make any sudden changes to cause me any undue stress/panic.