At last! I've been staring at / sitting on / familiarising myself with my VTR250 for the past week and this last weekend (which was a killer, since I missed my Ls knowledge test on saturday and had to do it today - so many missed riding opportunities), and finally, FINALLY today I came home with those shiny yellow L-plates clutched victoriously, and hopped immediately into the saddle. I'm sure everyone is a bit nervous when headding out for the first time onto the road with cars and... people...and... kids...and cars crawling all over the place, but all it took was a few hundred metres down the road to feel just 'right' on the bike. First time actually riding my new toy, and it touches me in very nice ways in nice places. I only stalled a couple of times. It's a hilly area! (Actually, still too used to being an auto-driver, need to pull that clutch in on stopping.) A bit of a downer that one of my neighbours left me a note complaining about the exhaust fumes while i was warming the bike up. Whoops... We live next to a retirement home, so I was half expecting one about the noise of the un-baffled staintune. Still... I reckon I'll just ride gently with the choke a little on and warm it up curbside, out of our garage (which does fairly point towards the neighbours' place). I'm so hooked. Gunna be riding at every opportunity I think REALLY looking forwards to getting enough traffic confidence to head out along sea-cliff bridge, and up to robertson pie shop. Maybe I'll see you out there!