So I have had the bike 2 months now. Have clocked up 4762.3kms I am getting comfortable with the operation of the bike - the gear changes and other make the bike go bits are taking less thought - leaving more of my somewhat limited brain capacity to concentrate on the important parts, like the road and others on it, and off it. I did a 4 hour Advanced 1 course at HART about 3 weeks ago - I found that to be very helpful. I came out of the learners and licence tests with a basic understanding that the bike went along the road somehow and if you did things it did things. Saturday practice (although I am guilty of not practicing at practice) gave me a lot more information - I like to understand what i am doing before doing, so Doug and Barb and others patiently explained everything to me. I went and did - and it works. I watched twist of the wrist, and Barb told me off for watching it too soon, but again, the theory helped out. I am getting comfortable with cornering, gripping with legs and looking looking looking where I want to go. I have found a couple secluded spots to go and do lots of u turns and figure 8s and things - I still suck at u turns if I have to do one in the spur of the moment - but after a couple goes out the back of the industrial estate they work good - confidence I guess there. The HART course helped me click on dead slow riding as i don't commute so didn't have that filtering sneaky skillset, and really looking into and thru a turn looking with my whole body as it were. I still am not very comfortable in the wet. I was ok on the Black Dog when I got my visor wet for the first time - but yesterday I was riding in the Yarra Valley and many of the corners were damp under the trees and I just slowed right down - how do you even find how much grip you have in that situation? Coming home I took the Ring Road and got caught in the huge traffic jam from the accident at Sydney Road - traffic was stopped so I filtered for the first time - the tailback was a bit over 4kms, pretty much stationary - was great being on a bike - but I had at least 3 people try and block me, so I stabbed them. Got to the accident and the 400 police didn't even shoot me for filtering. Not sure if my bike loves me or hates me for riding it so much - the previous owner only did 6000km in 4 and a bit years, I've done 75% of that in 2 months.