so today was the first time in my adult life that I've been on a bike!!! threw myself on the back of a neighbour's little trailbike when I was about 11/12 and don't remember there being any thought process about the whole thing (which probably explains why i spent more time in the middle of the field than on the bike) So today I headed off and did about 4.5 hours of my Q-ride, and gads it was scary... but AMAZING! There was just me and 2 insrtuctors so it was really intensive, and instead of getting to watch others having a shot as well I just had to follow the instructors directions and do all the thinking for myself. Started from total scratch and spent the first 10 minutes getting push on the bike and then being left to drift on my own...(like yer dad did when you were learning to ride a pushie!). So I started off doing straight lines and corners in 1st with the revs set high, and the throttle taped so I couldn't do too much damage (always sensible in my case!), then the revs were set a bit lower and I did about 10 minutes of laps. Then came counter-steering and leaning.... and gads it's confusing. well i'm sure it's not confusing for you but it was for me! I think it was pure luck that I managed to get round the corners without taking a dive (EYES UP, KNEES ON THE TANK!!!!!!!!!!!!) Shortly the tape was taken off the throttle and I did a few more laps of practising stopping and starting. Then it was time to do gear changes... which once i got the hang of rolling off the throttle and on with the clutch at the same time I got it down quite well... both up and down from 1-3. finished the day with some slaloms and a very slow and wide trip round a fig-8. I was getting a bit tired by the end, and although I probably could have gone on a bit longer I was getting a bit fatigued, so it seemed like a good time to stop! I didn't crash, I didn't drop the bike, and I only stalled twice.... not a bad start I reckon!!! roll on next friday!!!