Finally took delivery of my new Monster 659 last night - at my sister's house as she has nice flat driveway and mine is steep and awkward. She's a sexy beast all dressed in black. Took her for her first ride last night - much different riding at night. Today, my 5th day riding including 2 day q-ride she taught me that she is heavy big boned girl when I proceeded to drop her at a stop sign, naturally right in front of a crew of road workers. Strangely, only my pride was damaged as she also showed me she is a strong girl with only a tiny scratch on the back of the left mirror - don't know what else she landed on, but not a scratch or mark on her otherwise, phew! Hopefully, that is my drop out of the way! So, took her home to check she was ok. Went sat down to think about what I did wrong - while i thought I started my braking and downshifting sequence early I didn't slow enough before the line so had to jump on brakes at last minute which unsettled her and me. As I went to put foot down (also looking down - tsk tsk) didn't realize road had steep slope to the left until it was too late. Could feel her going (crying no, no, no in my head), but she was too heavy compared to the little 125's we learnt on in q-ride so couldn't hold her up. Doh! She taught me an important lesson for basically no cost (except my public embarrassment) which was nice of her I guess. Decided, best thing to do was get back out there in back streets and practice slow moving, stopping and slow corners - is what I am most uncomfortable at with her and developed better handling. Then I had to ride her 50km home on Logan motorway and Cleveland-Beenleigh roads. First time really had some butterflies since beginning to learn to ride last Saturday. Once underway though was ok and much better, smoother coming to stops - even balanced her while barely moving at one point, feet still on pegs, when slowly coasting to a stop while waiting for cars in front to realise light had gone green and move off. Also, got her into 6th gear and up to 110km/h for first time. Here, I encountered wind for first time - not too bad really except when turn head to shoulder check. Odd feeling though at that speed on a missile with nothing really in front of you - bars and dash are down at tank level. Anyway, got her home and up the drive without incident, so pretty happy in the end. Shows me need to learn the bike just as much as learning how to ride! So, shall be making some training / practice plans to improve my very basic skills and confidence in Jezebel's abilities - as hers far out weigh my own.