this morning when I arrived at work, I gave myself a mental pat on the back. It was the first ride where I had smooth gear changes and felt a little more relaxed. I felt like the practice was finally starting to pay off. Then I arrived at the car park and what did I do? I dropped the ****ing thing putting it on the centre stand. I don't know how it happened really, when I put my weight on the stand the bike lifted up and backwards, then it seemed to wobble and it fell over away from me. So after my big high I was left with a feeling of gutted! The bike is OK. A little but of the enamel has come off the corner of the handlebar underneath. can I get something to put back over that so it doesn't rust? I ask myself, what are my main faults right now? I'm finding that I'm still braking way too early, I'm sometimes not going fast enough, and I am definetely going too slow around corners as I usually have traffic backing up behind me. But I just put this down to experience and confidence. I reckon the more practice I get then my speed will pick up as a natural byproduct. I also haven't done enough slow speed manoevring (U-turns, etc) and no emergency braking testing yet (which I know that I need to urgently). So I'm planning to get to the car park on Sunday morning and do that. Just thought I would let you know how I'm going. Hopefully I'll be confident enough to ride to Homebush in 2 or 3 weeks.