Hi new riders, Just arrived home from riding my 250 cruiser to castlemaine and back, 540 klms round trip. went the long way and the same way I've done this trip before, Lilydale, Melba h'way, Glenburn, across to Flowerdale, Strath creek, onto Seymout rd, turn off to Tallarook, son lives there, good coffee break, across to Pylong, back rd to Lancefield, across to Carlsrue onto h'way to castlemaine turn off, thru C'maine and out to Newstead. Some of these back roads are great for us learners, especially mid week, no traffic so you can travel at your speed with no pressure behind you and if I happen to get a bank of cars behind me, which does happen, there's usually room to pull over and let them pass. as i did it on my own i like to travel on roads that I've done before, for obvious reasons, one being i know where all the loo stops are, nothing worse when your concentrating and you need to empty your tank. I've done this trip 3 times, this one being the one 2 weeks after getting my licence and found it quite satisfying to notice I've improved on my sweepers, using my roll on roll off instead of breaking, which I was taught verbally when being a pillion with Brian. have been practising now on my bike for a few months with this, and feel it's safer than "braking" all the time, and a smoother ride, still room for improvement but i'm happy with the progress. the last 3 months I've had no choice other than to get my bum on the seat as much as possible, at least every second day, and the huge bonus with that is that NOW when I know I'm going on the bike I don't get "the shaky knee" happening,8-[8-[ I'm actually looking forward to getting out there. I need to stop every hour or so cause of back issues, but find this also helps my level of tiredness and concentration. many bikers have said to me in early days, just get your bum on the seat and then it will all start to flow, I thought "oh yeh" in which decade?? but at long last, after 9 mths I can feel the difference, getting the "mojo" and enjoying the ride as well as trying to improve on the basic skills. My security back up is my mobile, I always have it in my jacket, where I can reach it if I need too. my new rider tip, "just get out there" and have fun.