hi all, this is my first official post, just want to say hi and finally introduce myself. i'v been reading this forum for a couplka months - lots good info & advice. i started riding just end last year, learning about the bike, riding & having a good time. because i work most weekends, i don't get much chance to go for rides but that's no.1 on my list when workload eases upp!! from the posts its seems many netridererrs gone a'riding this weekend. i went for a ride yesterday before work - weather was too good not to. the route was burwood hwy -> gembrooke -> emerald -> cockatoo -> warburton -> launching place -> healesville. there was a stretch of gravel :?: :?: :?: what's going on there? also went up lake mountain which was great and nice & there were no traffic at all. on the way back down it happened to me . people talk about it all the time about coming off. i took a twist too fast & too wide and endedup in the gutter. i remember looking at the edge of the road and gutter, the bike riding the edge then off & me bouncing off. i rolled on my knees and hands & bouncing up to wave at my friend before picking up my bike. fortunately the damage was minimal: only scraped knees (draggin held up), a hole in the plastic tacho housing. i know i am lucky to get off with just that. it was a hard lesson about corners. i was shakened on the way down but afterwards my friend said something: everybody falls. i know it was due to my inexperience and lack of skill, but i'm learning. before the off, i kept thinking: wish i was on my new r6, on my new r6, r6 r6 r6 r6 r6... after the off, i kept thinking: lucky i wasn't on my new r6, r6 r6 r6... looking forward to joining a ride soon!