I had no idea how much there was to learn when I first started riding. I figured that I could ride a bmx, and I 'd been driving manual for years. so I guess I thought i'd have no problems lol, little did I know.. So, after a year of riding, I finally got my red P's and thought I might post up some of the noob mistakes and realisations I made. 1. Parking your bike with the front wheel facing towards the curb on a steep downward slope is a bad idea. I'd been riding for a few weeks and felt pretty badass, until I did this at my local IGA - backing out was near impossible and incredibly embarrassing LOL. 2. Properly positioning my helmet. I didn't realise I was doing this until an instructor pointed it out at my P's test, i'm not joking. I repositioned my helmet properly and was amazed at the new level of vision I had... a whole new worrrlllldddd. 3. U-turns are harder than they look. I avoided doing them for ages until the day before my P's test, which is when I realised that it's actually not that easy. There's nothing like thinking you're awesome with all your fancy gear on your new sports bike, then having people watch you do a 3 point turn that takes forever because you can't do U-turns. I watched a bunch of youtube videos and went out to practice and eventually got it, still got some work to do though. 4. Bikes are heavy. When I was at a local dealership looking for my first lams bike, the salesman was trying to get me to buy a CBR500R. I loved the bike, but it did feel a bit big and heavy to start out on. I did my research and ended up settling on the Ninja 300. Later on I had an incident where I fell off my bike from braking too hard while turning through an intersection to avoid a taxi heading straight for me. This was the first time I had to pick up my bike (I did it again in my work car park later, thank God for frame sliders) and made me realise how heavy my bike was. I didn't have any problems getting it up (lol) but it's definitely something to keep in mind for my next bike purchase. 5. Checking tire pressure. This along with cleaning and lubing chains are things that I think can be really easily overlooked. I've known a few people who've never done either, and I actually didn't check my tire pressure for like 6 months and when I did, it was pretty far off. I love riding now more than ever and am starting to ride more. I'll surely embarrass myself plenty more times to come as i've realised that I will be learning about bikes forever. Feel free to post any of your noob mistakes or realisations too!