Ok..you're on your L's..may have been riding a good 6 months or more, and you're feeling good on your bike. Well done...you've progressed and your skills have improved. BUT....that does'nt make you a good rider!...many of you are still INEXPERIENCED, and you still have'nt developed a satisfactory level of roadcraft, or SKILL. There is an age-old problem with riding bikes...FALSE REINFORCEMENT. You take a risk - it works out...and that falsly reinforces your potentially poor decision, to be a good one. AND also bolsters your self confidence in believing that your skill level was up to the task when really it was only LUCK that saved your arse. (This time)... This bullshit of ducking and weaving in and out of traffic all over the place is a dramitic indication that alot of you are in over your heads, but you won't find out about it until the shit hits the fan and you go under a car, and end up severely damaged. So pull your heads in for your own sake - and learn to ride with a little responsibilty...Ride within your limitations...ride like you're a biker, and not just "some tosser on a bike"...which is only what the rest of us see. Did you escape being mangled because you rode with skill, or because the cagers or others around you managed to avoid you, while you sped off obliviously, or like you dodged a bullet that time. Everytime the answer is the latter, you are one step closer to feeling real...and I mean, REAL...PAIN. Nup...Not a rant....a timely wake up call to all you new riders out there whose confidence is getting beyond their abilities. Ride well because you do...not because you think you do, and take stock of yourselves with some reflection, as all good riders will. Trust me...you'll enjoy your summer alot more...) John.