I read a post her a few nights ago that made a statement about leanring ro drive / ride that was something to the effect of your skill doubling easily in the first little while... Well today I was cutting through the city (3 times due to forgetting things!) from St Kilda and in the nice dry and bright conditions (rare for me since I got my bike) I suddenly realised my slow speed meneuvering through traffic as well as my high speed cornering and braking etc has massively improved in the space of 2-3 weeks! It also dawned on me at one stage that I had started performing all the basic tasks sub consciously and have progressed to scanning traffic etc well ahead, as I can trust my instinct and reactions to handle the bike without having to focus 95% of my mind space on those tasks. And yes, like a good learner I caught myself getting over confident and curbed my enthusiasm - before anyone points that out I am now wondering how I can better improve my handling to get better performance out of my RVF400 - I have noticed sometimes it's very snappy and sharp, whereas othertimes it's comparitively sluggish (though no slouch) and I have not yet invested any time in working out what i am doing differently - good vs bad? This is generall while accelerating in a straight line even.... I would be pretty sure it has to do with rate of application of throttle, and at what revs I am changing up... that said though, I am never changing what I would consider early (for comfortable economical riding without labouring the engine). I find myself really wishing I had a riding buddy who is not a hoon and who would enjoy helping me with the finer points of riding.... hmmm the mentor threads need to be verhauled /renewed I think! Anyway, I am curious if 1) There is anyone out there who wouldn;t mind meeting up occasionaly for a bit of a friendly "training run" and 2) if other learners out there are finding the same dramatic rate of improvement as I have described above and what key realisations / techniques have u applied to continue improving rapidly? 3) Any other Honda RVF400 riders here in Melbourne / Kensington area? FYI - I have done over 800km since I got my bike on the 23rd July - almost all recreationally EDIT: I just spun down to Draggin in Port Melbourne, tried on some chinos and got back to Collingwood in about 45 mins flat. Loved it the whole time. Oh, and now that I am comforable(ish) looking down at my instruments for long enough to read off my taco and speed at the same time, I discovered the beauty of revving each gear out... wow does the bike sit up then!