For those that are interested, this is what happens on the first day of your L's training in NSW. day1 (day 2 to come) Well, I booked in for the 6-9:30pm session. Bloody cold! If you think you have enough clothing, take more! You can also take your own helmet if you like. Take your own gloves also, the ones they have sucked! I took my own First of all you sit in a small room and the instructor gives you a run down of helmets and gloves... few handy hints about helmets I didnt know. He went around the group and asked our experience with bikes and why we want to ride. Very nice guy. Then it was out onto the track, so to speak! More like two basketball courts side by side. Starting off you learn how to mount a bike, then the controls, brakes, clutch etc. Before even starting the bike you do have to do everything non powered first, meaning someone pushes you and you brake, then steer the bike. Next step is to turn it on and progress forward under idle, learning the sticking point of the clutch. You guessed it, next you get to try moving forward under throttle. Eventually you get to go round and round in circles throttling on and off around corners. Finally comes gear changing, 1st to 2nd then back down at the appropriate time. Well, those are the facts, now for my experience of it. I am pretty much a total novice. My dad has always ridden bikes, but I havent had much to do with them. So I soaked in what was being said. I have a feeling my other class mates where a bit ahead of me experience wise all having ridden before. But I think they missed some of the steps that are important to the process. I dont do all the things I had to do when I was on my P's and L's to pass the test, and I am guessing it is the same with bikes. So I got into trouble the least for doing things wrong as I dont have any ways to be set in... I had fun and enjoyed my first bike experience. I can clearly see why you all like it so much, I can also appreciate the skill it takes to ride a bike well. Having driven a manual car for I dunno how many years and having a good mechanical knowledge of cars etc gave me good extra understanding of the gears and how brakes feel etc. Also riding a bicycle at a high level for about 7 years helped with balance etc. actually you dont have to ride a bile fast but the feel is similar. Such as I know that if I turn the bike like that, it wont end happy! Now the negatives- I can understand some reasons as to why the course is split over to 3.5 hour days. But I also think they could and should offer the course as a one day type thing. Once you get going, its time to stop and go home. Kills the momentum. I had to chuckle, there is a big speech at the start how the course has been put together by educational experts, being a new teacher, they need to work on specifically outlining what they are looking for after explaining a skill. More to do with the instructor not being a trained teacher though. Will type about day 2 after it happens!