Well on Monday I went for my Learners at Armstrongs in Thomastown. I'd never been on a bike before so I signed up for the 9am course. Bloody ring road. I was late by about 15 minutes, but luckily, not the only one. I got there at about 8:15 and we started at about 8:20 - straight out onto the course to learn about each part of the bike. She went through them all, but I knew them having read the learners handbook about three times. We were learning on Honda CBF 250's. After that we selected helmets & gloves - I brought my own gloves (which I'll get back to). We got on the bike and were instructed to put the bike into first, hold the clutch and rev until about 3.5k, slowly releasing the the clutch to travel about 5 meters, then 'crab' backwards and do it again. It took a bit but I eventually got it - we ended up doing the whole length of the course, changing to second gear, getting to the end then turning around, and doing it again. We had a break then got back into it, where they showed us how to turn - turning and looking where we're going. Then we went in and watched a video - can't even remember what it was called. We got back out there after lunch and started going through what's required for the practical test, and practices them - turning left and right, slow ride, and emergency brake. We got through and had another break before the test - and I was first up for my group. I did it, I didn't find any aspect hard, other then the slow ride - but concentrating on something straight ahead really helps. Then we went back inside and watched another video (continuing from earlier) and then sat the written test. Out of 37 questions, I got 35 right, which I thought was pretty good! And that was it, I passed! Everyone except one person did, in a group of 18 - the poor girl dropped the bike on the first exercise, but she couldn't do the slow ride on the practical. So I got my paper version of my learners and headed to a friends house - en route to pick up my Kawasaki ZZ-R250. Got there, did all the paperwork and got on the road -- I had to drive from Alphington all the way to Wyndham Vale (north of Werribee). I took the slow road, and got the hang of the clutch and handling on the bike. Wow, this thing is pretty unreal. I got onto Bell Street - I wanted to avoid the freeway but I was comfortable with the bike - so I got on the Tulla and headed town the Calder. Whoa, the sense of speed is amazing. Wind is bloody strong. I continued on the Calder and headed off on the Ring Road headed towards Werribee. I had no problems at all - I stopped off and put some petrol in the bike, cost next to nothing, and continued my journey home. I got a nod from a fellow rider through Werribee - I grinned and forgot to nod back. Shit. The next day, I had to ride to work - over the Westgate and into the city. I didn't lane split and was in constant traffic the whole way - I stayed in the lane and watched bikes pass - no worries. I got up a bit further and saw a police bike, on the right hand side of the Highway, pulling the bikes over. Eek. I continued to the city and had no problems. Except for some idiot, Indian driver, sitting on my ass as close as he could. I took it easy and continues straight, he eventually changed lanes. So far, I've done about 300km in three days. I can't get enough. Tonight I rode home in rain, which was a bit scary. I just took it easy, and got home safe. I did have an interesting encounter with a chick on a bike on the Westgate, inbound. We looked at each other, each in our lanes, and she signaled for me to move over. I gathered she wanted to lane share - I shook my head and continued. No sweat right? Anyhow, back on the bike tomorrow, headed for work in peak hour traffic! Loving this!