Prologue I've had my bike (The VTR250) for nearly 3 months now. Today was the first time me and my mate (Azamakumar) were both been free on the same afternoon so we headed up to a National Park just north of Sydney. Prior to that all my riding was either commuting or short little 20 minute blasts (I find being alone on my bike very relaxing, zen or something). Anyway, we met up for lunch and headed off afterwards, took about half an hour to get to the start of the Park, after which the traffic got very thin very quickly. The Ride Original plan was to do the left path then the right one and stop for a bit before heading back down in to the city, hoping to be home by around 5 pm when traffic gets really heavy (and it gets dark). We stopped near Church Point and decided we better turn round if we wanted time to do the other bit because we got going about 45 minutes later than intended. This was 100% the right decision. The road we were on originally round to church point was very windy with lots of 40-60 km/h blind corners. The road here was quite narrow so we were a bit weary of cars cutting the centre line, and also not knowing the road meant you couldn't push much in case a corner suddenly tightened up or something (most of the time it was the opposite but we weren't going to risk it) especially since the surface was quite bumpy in places. It was a great challenge and lots of fun but somewhere you need to go a few times to really get the most out of it. The road to west point was entirely different. It was an 80 km/h zone (50 mph), one lane each way with extra wide shoulders and perfect, smooth tarmac. The corners were long and sweeping and because of the wide shoulders you could see what was coming much further ahead. It was honestly thing best thing I've ever experienced on a bike. At the end we stopped and took some snaps and stretched our legs for a bit. On the way back my mate attached his little video camera to his tank using a suction thingy. I was behind him on the way up but we stopped for the return trip so the video looked a bit more interesting. Anyway, it's about 9 gigs he said (forgot to press stop and filmed the entire hour of him riding home in Sydney traffic) so I don't have that, Here are some more pics though: What I took home with me I learnt a lot today, especially that I still have so much more to learn to improve my riding... When my friend (he has about 3 years experience) was taking the lead I was amazed with how well he could get on the right line even though he'd never been there before. I could keep up with him for the most part but only because I was following. When I was leading I was worrying a bit about running wide on the exits etc and my lines (start wide finish tight, etc.) weren't always great, at least for the tighter road anyway. I just stuck what I knew though and focussed on looking through the corner and keeping my eyes at the vanishing point, doing all braking/shifting before leaning the bike over, actively counter-steering to start leans (quick-steering, I think it's called>) and rolling on more throttle once I could see out of the corner to pull through nice and tight, and keep the bike stable. Aside from riding technique I also learnt: Riding a naked at highway speed makes you very conscious of the wind I need a new, better helmet that's both lighter and quieter. Wind noise is crazy loud at the moment and I can feel a noticeable draft on my face even with all vents closed. A jacket that was too warm for that weather in traffic isn't at all too warm at 100 km/h So yeah, that's my story. I thoroughly recommend this area to anyone, especially anyone who has a weekday afternoon free. Roads were a great mix and hardly any traffic. On the way to West Head there were no cars going out way.