So it's been a month now, and I feel remarkably comfortable on the bike. I've decided not to hang the LPlate for the moment as it seems to short circuit the brains of those on the road around me. I sometimes filter to the front at lights, sometimes not. It depends on the gaps and what the front car looks like. I'm profiling drivers and I've no doubt I am often wrong. So it goes. When I sit in the saddle now there is an element of comfort which enables me to enjoy the process much more than in the first few weeks. However my throttle grip is too tight, despite continually telling myself to relax I find my right forearm getting sore - a kind of tennis elbow ache that is frustrating and pretty bloody painful too. Interestingly I did't stall at all in the first few weeks but have a couple of times recently, though the upshot is that I quickly start up and get going and no one is more the wiser. I have a better feel for the what the bike likes and high revs seem to be are what it craves. I love getting on the freeway and pushing it, though I'm still shit-scared of heavy traffic at 100kph. Next weekend venturing out with a mate who know what he's doing so I can follow and practice cornering and learn from his example. As I feel more at one with the bike I now find I am questioning little sounds that I'm sure I've never noticed before. Without experience I don't know how the bike should sound and this is a little disconcerting. I also use the rear brake quite a bit and suspect that is a bad idea, but it's a habit I've developed organically - anyone got any tips on that? Otherwise, buying this little Kawasaki 300 really is one of the best things I've ever done. Cheers from the Cheekster.