New Bike Rider - A diary of a noob Got my GS500F tonight. Delivered by the very friendly and helpful blokes at Hills Motorcycles (small plug). Went for a (slow) ride around the neighbourhood. I even got up to 45KMH at one point *gasp* and got into 4th gear!!!!eleven11!1!! Ride lasted for about 10 minutes. Had one surprise when a white van overtook me on the inside as I was slowing for a right turn. Didn't see him coming. Either he pulled out of a side steet behind me as I went past or I just didn't notice him closing from behind. There was plenty of room but it was a bit of an "Oh Shit - Where did he come from moment". Gotta get my scanning up a few notches I reckon. Found that I was very tense in the shoulders, arms and wrists at various times. Had to keep reminding myself to loosen up and relax. When I did this I immediately felt better on the bike. Felt quite nervous at slow speed. Got to do a lot more practise with braking and to get my muscle memory happening when changing gear. I'm feeling for the rear brake and the gear lever at times - missed both a few times as well Kept leaving the indicator flashing too (noob). Bike was very nice to steer. It felt light and nimble and I didn't have any fear that it might overpower me. don't really have the vocabularly to describe it but it felt much more "solid" thatn the CB250 at Stay Upright. When I got home I was dripping with sweat. Caused by nervous energy I reckon. I just wish I felt comfortable enough to get to Homebush tomorrow for the most practice and ride... Oh well next time. Looking forward to a ride around the neighbourhood tomorrow as well. In the daylight I'm sure I'll feel a little more comfortable. So far so good Fun Ha!