Hey everyone, I've been lurking around for a little while on netrider picking up some great tips, so thought it was time to introduce myself. I bought a VTR250, and have been riding around my backyard for a week, so have my slow speed manouvering down pat! I passed my L's today, went straight home and out on the road around my house, still can't wipe the smile off my face! Practiced a few hill starts (the roads around my place are very twisty and hilly, so I had a ball!) Still getting used to indicators, having only ever ridden dirt bikes, so it's something new to me, was thinking about them a little bit too much and forgetting to check my mirrors, stupid newbie mistakes! But was glad I had my first "bloody car driver" experience, turning back into my street a van stopped but didn't see me. He went to go again, but I had already covered my brakes and backed off the throttle (then he did see me and stopped), everything I should have done, without even thinking about it. So it's given me a bit more confidence, knowing I'm reacting instinctively. I am keen as to go for a bigger ride and out in traffic once I don't have to think about the operations of the bike so much, hopefully won't be too long........ Well, that's my life story, haha can't stop raving about it - just so f**n excited I'm out amongst it at last! Cheers, Fi.