So I decided to post the ride-y bit of my introduction to motorcycles here, in a new thread (instead of using the post in the welcome lounge). I decided to get my Ls. Here in Dubbo it is just the computer test. I realised I was licensed to go hop on a bike and go 90km/h by myself on something that I had not ridden on yet. That made me scared. A friend at church rides an street-legal off-road style bike and allowed me to have a ride on an oval. I had no protective gear on and the oval wasn't that big (was football field sized), so I kept the speed low going in circles. Well, I did, once I stalled it a few times. I was the opposite of smooth, leading to a very bumpy ride. I did get to second, which was a bit better and was able to get into "counter-steering mode" and check that my push-bike skills carried over (well some of them anyway). I actually did it. I rode a motorbike for the first time and didn't drop it. It was amazing. I bought I helmet (all I could get at the time - money in the wrong account) and went and tried out a ZZR250. I was confident enough that I wouldn't drop it (and turn myself to mincemeat), as long as I went slow in corners, kept clear of cars, kept on a straight road and didn't have to brake with much force. Thankfully I found a road and was able to get up to a 'fast' speed of 50km/h and test the gears a bit. I get too excited by the ride to pay attention to much, but after a few minutes decide to head back. Don't have it yet. (see below) I got to have another ride of my friend's bike again, but now with almost-full gear (hiking boots instead of riding boots). I rode around in the quiet streets where I live. I tried to settle my throttle control and actually use my clutch for speed control. I kept stopping in the middle of the road, but that wasn't a problem (thankfully) due to the lack of cars. The worst thing that happened was I stopped at a T intersection, almost dropped the bike and a car pulled up behind me. I was able to turn and sulk to the side of the road. I was able to go around corners at decent speed (read: speeds you countersteer at) thanks to watching Twist of the Wrist II (thanks for the suggestion, whoever it was (oh, and google as well)). I struggled to keep my weight off the handlebars, as I was unable to grip well with my knees. To finish up I decided to go on a few less-quiet streets (going around the bigger block) and realised I was not exactly ready, having done mostly engine braking. Thankfully nothing happened and was able to return back nicely. All up it totals to about 1-1.5 hours of riding total. Soon I will be able to go and actually buy the ZZR250 and am going to go on a ride home. I have thought that the ride home would be a good time to practice. So I have thought of these things to focus on: Smooth gear changes / Throttle and clutch control Braking so I don't effect the throttle. Well, actually using my front brake. (And, so I don't break while braking) Body positioning so I don't lean on the handlebars (even when braking) and be loose with my arms How is this for a practice list for the ride? On riding lessons, things may align that I may be able to be in Sydney for the training course there. Do you actually need a bike for the Stay Upright Intermediate course?