I've been riding for years but just getting back into it again and though I've had my licence before, I had to go through the L's test and proceudure again, which I think is a good idea. I've been riding only 2 weeks, this time around, and initially I thought how great everyone was for being patient and giving me lots of space on the road, but in the last week this has changed! So far I've been called a f@ggot, L plate poofer, and a bunch of other stuff that I can't hear through my helmet. People just yell and jeer and laugh. Now I couldn't care less about names or laughter - but they slow down as they overtake to yell at me, or drive next to me as they talk. Now I'm not going to speed up and endanger myself more, and get away. thing is I honestly believe that if I didn't have an L plate then I wouldn't get any of this sh1t. My friend got his L's same time as me and rides a stock VTR250 and on his first ride got called a f@ggot by 3 guys in a Jeep. I've had 2 people in the left lane speed up when they see a parked car to get in front of me (I guess because I have an L plate and I'm doing the speed limi) as I rarely ever see cars deliberatly trying to cut in on bikes. A passenger in a car threw a ciggarette at me yesterday. I mean seriously - WTF?!!