One thing that is often overlooked when first starting our riding, is how important it is to get to know the capabilities/limitations of your own bike. Alot of discussion is centered around riding skills and techniques, but little is mentioned of the importance of knowing your bike. Of course, we do become more familiar with our bikes just as a matter of progression as we try to improve our skills, but are you really paying attention to what your bike is telling you? Getting to know your bikes 'personality' is just as important as improving your own skills, so when you are out riding around, really try to 'tune-in' to your bike - develope a relationship with it. ie...It's both of you that are trying to push it a bit through those twisties, and neither one of you will/can make it without the other. It's more or less a team effort, and until the two of you are 'in-sync' you cannot reach your full potential. Your bike is doing it's best to listen to you - what are you doing? It might all sound a little esoteric, but in the end...it IS just you and your bike, and you depend on each other. Think about it.