Hi! I have recently got my learner's permit after doing the pre-learners and learners course through Ridetek (VIC). I went in planning to do it all on a scooter (as my husband has a scooter and the plan was that I would ride his scooter), yet spent the day on and passed my test on a 125cc motorbike. I thoroughly enjoyed learning to ride, had a great day with no stalling or bike dropping and walked away feeling confident about riding. I thought the rest would be a walk in the park! Fast forward three days, I'm all kitted out in my brand new riding gear, only to not be able to get the knack of Hubby's scooter. It is too tall and too heavy for me (I'm 160cm tall, 48kg) - my toes are no where near the ground. I dropped the scooter twice, couldn't get it off its stand on my own and just generally found it awkward. I was so disheartened. We decided the best way to solve this problem, was to buy a motorbike - one I felt comfortable sitting on, one where I could have the balls of my feet reaching the ground, one that is LAMs approved, but also one that neither of us feel we will want to upgrade in a hurry. Secretly, Hubby has been wanting to upgrade for a while, so we took this as a sign! We are now the proud owners of a (pre-loved) 2010 Honda CB400 named Beatrice. I took her out for a spin around the block. But that is as far as I have got. As I pulled her back into our driveway, I put my foot out to balance as I came to a stop, only to put my right foot down lower than I anticipated (uneven grounding) and dropped the bike. I haven't got back on her since then. I just feel like I am lacking confidence. Majorly. I am fine for the most part when travelling on her in a straight line, but that is about where it ends! I am finding there is a lot to think about - indicating, gear changing, watching my speed and mirrors, looking out for other road users - and that is all before I have to turn a corner or roundabout. I also occasionally fumble when looking for the foot pegs. Our local area has narrow roads (with lots of parked cars) and can be on the sloped side. I'm scared to ride by myself, in fear I might drop the bike and won't be able to pick it up. I really want to persevere with this as I think it is something that I will eventually enjoy. Not to mention, for me it will be a useful means of transport into uni (in the city), and mean that I can leave Hubby at home with our toddler and the car. I would also be interested in participating in the pink ribbon ride in October, if I am even on the road with real traffic by then!! Has anyone else had a similar experience? How did you overcome this? I am researching other possible riding courses I can do, for people like me. But in the mean time, does anyone have any other helpful suggestions? I am happy enough to be a passenger when Hubby rides (I'm not that bad that I won't go near a bike!), and for the moment I have gone back to doing that. Come the weekend, we might see if the car park at Deakin University is empty as it is just down the road from us... Maybe I can just ride around there and practice the basics (which is what I feel I need). Thanks for reading if you have got this far, and appreciate any helpful advice you may have.