Thought I'd contribute a rider progress thread to the forum, as I've a much bigger bike than I did my pre-learner course on and the transition is taking some time! (I've included the bike in the title because there aren't many hits if you search for it.) Though the bike's specs on the web said it was 209KG wet (or something similar), the bike I have weighs in at 235KG. The reason I keep mentioning this is because the bike I started on was something like 160KG, and the difference is HUGE. I got my Ls yesterday and sort of just.. jumped on it, without getting a feel for it with the engine off or anything. I ran it at friction point/fast idle out of my driveway and down the laneway next door, and between the fact the front wheel felt flat and the bike was much bigger than I was used to, I panicked through a slow u-turn (which I didn't know I would be making, but someone had put a huge pile of wood at the end of the alley, so my turning space was blocked) and laid the bike down. My girlfriend had to come and help me pick it up because I couldn't remember how to do the heavy bike lift (which I'd seen on YouTube in the past). I put it back in its spot and decided to never ride it again! A few other notable moments from last night: The first time I'd ever taken it off its center stand (3 seconds before I rode it). The first time I'd ever put it on its center stand. The first time I'd used a center stand. Tonight, I pushed it off the center stand and duck walked it (with some difficulty--it's not just heavier than the CB250s, it feels as if it's taller) awkwardly around my driveway. Once I'd figured out I could do that, I pushed it from the top end of my driveway to the bottom, the most minor of inclines but enough to propel the bike forward a little so I could pick my feet up. Did this a few times. Felt like I had nailed the whole riding business. Put it on its center stand (took about 7 minutes) and went to have dinner. Came back for more, took the lock off the front wheel, walked away for a second and this happened. Spent about 15 minutes freaking out about having broken my new motorbike, then went out and turned it on. Continued with the duck walking/hill rolling. Put the bike on its center stand a few times, with more and more ease (Trick: STAND on the little footpeg thing, don't just push down on it. Simultaneously pull UP, not backwards. Bike springs into place like it ain't no thing). And that's me done. Can't believe the difference the bike makes. Not sure if it's purely physical difference, or if there's some mind freak involve, but at the Clyde training centre I was very comfortable and reasonably adept at driving in first and second gear. I didn't even come close to dropping the CB250. I had no trouble at all. At home? I feel like I've never seen a bike. So, tomorrow I'm hoping to work my way up to driving it with the engine! I'll let you know how it goes. Anyone reading this in search of answers: Familiarise yourself with your new bike as much as possible--I'd recommend doing it with the engine off. Center stands aren't too hard, just stand on the foot-peg and pull up on the handle spot that's directly above (/near enough) the stand, don't just try to pull the bike backwards or anything. I think that's it!