Hi all, sorry for the late intro. I'm 27 and I'm from the western suburbs of Sydney. This probably all started when I was on holiday in Vietnam earlier this year. The most fun I had there was riding scooters with my brother along the coast. I loved the freedom of riding. When I got back to Australia my friend let me ride his postie and I felt the same feeling I felt in Vietnam and thought I'd buy a postie. Then things changed when I found out I had to do a pre learners course which would be a good opportunity for me to learn to ride manual bikes, so I thought if they're going to teach me to ride manual I may as well buy a decent bike. I've been riding a 2007 VTR250 for about 2 weeks now. At first it was very daunting and discouraging but in the last 2 days I have been having a lot more fun and my confidence is growing. I think this might be due to my friend throwing me into the deep end a few days ago. He has a Buell Lightning and suggested we go for a ride around the suburbs during school zone times (!). This was the first time I ever went out onto busy roads and I made a few very embarrassing mistakes. Anyways I've learned from those mistakes and pretty much got the hang of the basic starting and stopping techniques. Now I need to work on leaning and turning corners a little quicker and more precise. I would also like to learn to take off with my right foot down so I can put it in neutral during long stops. I still get a little nervous on the roads, I've only put the bike into neutral once at a traffic light, and that was in the middle of the night with no cars in sight. Well that's probably it for now, sorry for the long read. I look forward to meeting some of you and having more fun on the roads.