Oh My God!!! I picked up my shiny new VTR250 on Wednesday and it has been very interesting to say the least. I got my L's in the middle of November and hadn't been on a bike since then. I bought the bike from Metro Honda in Ringwood. When I picked up the bike, it was parked out the front. No problems, I plan on riding around the car park out the back before I intend on riding it home to Box Hill North. For those who know the area, if you head west for 100 metres, turn left then about 50 metres you enter the car park. Being nervous as a snow flake in hell, I make the first turn left sort of ok, but the second turn left to enter the car park. I'm still not sure what happened, but I know I looked down at the gear lever and next thing I know the bike has stalled and is tipping over on me. Yep, you guessed it, less than 200 mteres old and I have already dropped the bloody thing. Ok, what have I damaged. Fortunately I was holding it up most of the time, but it got heavy on me, so I laid it down. The only thing that appears marked/bent is the gear change lever. Still ridable so ok. I ride around the car park a few times practicing starting/stoping and cornering. Need to work out how to use the indicators with the new gloves, etc. :roll: Ok, time to hit the road. It is about 3pm so reasonable amount of traffic on the road. Heading west along Whitehorse Road/Maroondah Highway, when oyu go over heatherdale road there is a service lane. Cool I will use that just for peace of mind. I take a lot of back roads and end up at the corner of springfield & Middleborough roads where there has just been an accident and cars now merge into 1 lane. Amazing how cage drivers think you should just get out of their way. Finally get home safely and take the gear off. Cannot believe how much I sweated in all the gear. First thing to do was staighten the gear change lever. Have a kinder committee meeting to attend Wed night, so decide I will ride. Sure enough, I've got the indicator on to turn right. See the car stop at the intersection. Hang on, they haven't seen me and continue out into my path. Rapidly apply the brakes and stall the bike. Ok, miss car by about 1.5 metres so no need to panic. Come Thursday and I think I will ride to cricket training. Maybe I should do a test ride down htere first. Just testing how the bike goes and to get some confidence. Going there I only manage to stall the bike once. Happened to be on Elgar Road which is not the best spot to be stalling the bike. Coming home, I am going straight through a T intersection. I notice a big 4WD approach the interestion. Ok, I have right of way. Hmmmm, the lady is still putting her seatbelt on as she starts to enter the intersection. Hmmmm, she is not looking and hasn't seen me. This time I break and swerve left as I hit the horn. She looks up and glares at me. B1TCH!!. Again when I get home, I can hear hte water from sweating in my boots. It is like a sauna everytime i ride. I have a rjays cord jacket, thick gloves, riding pants and boots, so may need to look at getting summer gloves, etc. When it came time to go to cricket training, got there incident free and started to open the bike up for a bit. How good was that feeling. :grin: :grin: :grin: Coming home from training, I still haven't mastered the art of turning left, slowing down, checking for cars and then accelerating, release clutch and dont give enough revs as I had just been braking. Hadn't grabbed the accelerator quickly enough. Stalled the bike, but no dramas. All in all a very interesting 2 days on the bike and looking forward to many more, just need to get this turning left/slowing/looking/not stalling going properly.