My second week of motorcycle riding is over, with a ride this morning on the Eastern freeway out to Ivanhoe. I didn't expect the wind to punch so hard into my chest, and my head was nearly torn off trying to look behind me. However, it was actually pretty easy, though I'm glad I chose a time when there wasn't much traffic. I was surprised at how manoeuvrable the little z300 is at speed and found that riding in 60km zones felt much easier after. The bike seems solid at freeway speed, but I don't have anything to compare it too yet. I only went to 110 then backed off as the engine is being run in, but the bike seemed to enjoy getting away from the stop-start of city traffic. Lord knows I did. Longer rides are now in planning, and the second week has brought me more confidence and a little calm too. Cars now seem so cumbersome, ugly and unnecessary! I am working to improve my slow riding by trying to stay on the balls of my feet and using the rear brake a little as I downshift. I still get a little muddled shifting up to second if crossing tram tracks or entering a turn slowly. This I am working on... I think I can rely on second gear to pull me through anything but I dnt always do so. Otherwise, it is a slow but immensely enjoyable and gratifying upward curve. Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me, and good luck to those in similar shoes to mine. This motorcycle thing is the good shit!