I've just read through a few of the braking threads about what methods different people use. It was an interesting read seeing why people use the method describe as a no-no by my Ls instructor. At some stage I'm sure everyone has to suddenly avoid an obstacle. If you've ever practiced any emergency manouvres then you have some experience to draw upon if you have to use it for real. Being new to riding, I'm keeping it as upright as possible so haven't done any faster cornering or any countersteering to swerve around something. That only means two things. If I'm faced with the issue of having to swerve anytime soon then I'm either going to have to run over whatever is in my way (and keep fingers crossed while doing so) or try and countersteer for my first time and possibly fall off. Has anyone got any tips on where I can gain some skills in a controlled environment? I'm normally a fast learner and am better at "monkey see monkey do" than finding out for myself. For example, when I first went go karting, I didn't have the technique to put down fast times but when I followed someone who had raced a bit, I saw what can be done safely and still within the limits of the kart. After that, I confidently kept it flat for almost the entire track.