Iâ€™ve had my bike for a few months now and Iâ€™m still very reluctant to leave the relative safety and comfort zone of my local streets (i.e. 50 km/hr zone, no traffic lights, hardly any traffic). I know I should have ventured onto busier roads by now (i.e. 60 km/hr zone, traffic lights, medium traffic), but donâ€™t feel like I know enough yet. As per the learner course/test I can do the basics i.e. start, stop, corner, change gears (albeit not very smoothly) and, to an extent, feel confident riding around my local streets (as long as I donâ€™t come off again ). However, what I want to know is what people consider the minimum things I should â€œmasterâ€ prior to venturing further from home? One of my biggest concerns is turning into a 60 km/hr road with traffic. I still take off very slowly (at least I donâ€™t stall as often now) and Iâ€™m worried that before I get up enough speed all of the traffic will be upon me. Equally, at traffic lights, Iâ€™m worried that when the light turns green, before I manage to get going, they will have turned red again!! Whilst thankfully some other road users are nice enough to give learners a bit of slack alas, there are some who do not, and Iâ€™m not keen on being tooted or yelled at. Iâ€™ve now managed to ride to the local shopping centre so have an area that I can practice in. Another Netrider member suggested I practice quick stops every time I go out, so this is one thing I now practice when I can. But what else? I have two possible challenges looming â€¦ one to get my bike serviced in Ringwood (at this point, Iâ€™ll have to get them to pick it up) and Iâ€™m booked for an Instructed Ride in the Shire of Yarra Ranges in March (at this stage, no chance of that happening!!). Perhaps my best option is simply to book into a lot more practice sessions at HART? Thanks all.