I've been driving in the small street of my neighborhood for the past while but I found out the hard way that a newbie practicing turning in a very small car park filled with cars is a very bad idea. So tonight I took the CBR out of the neighborhood and went onto the main streets. Went out about 11PM, so the roads were clear. I could concentrate on the basics without fretting too much about cars shooting next to me, past me or tailgating me (only 1 brief tailgater). I headed out to a very large car park which at this time was totally empty. Indicate right and wait... and wait... and wait... 1 set of lights, 2, 3, 4. The sensor didn't pick up my bikes presence so off I went straight instead, did a u-turn and made it into the car park. Worked on my turning. Much more room to maneuver and no cars popping out on me. Slowly built up confidence with feathering the clutch and revving while turning. I grabbed the front brakes hard a few times while doing a turn (with my feet down) in order to get a feel for the bikes reaction, so next time I'm more prepared. Still can't counter-lean or completely turn my front wheel without putting down my feet. After some clutch work and very slow riding I worked on mounting curbs which was quite difficult for me. Slowly let out the clutch and revved but I never mounted. I never revved enough and released the clutch too quick so stalled a few times before mounting. My main fear was just flying forwards and losing control. (The reason I'm doing this is because at my place of work there is one ideal parking spot where all the bikes are but you need to mount a curb to get there). After this brief session I went screaming down (at least it felt like it) some main roads. Only thing is I found it very hard to keep track of speed without losing focus of the road and surroundings. I think everything will come together pretty quickly with more of these night time sessions. Its so much easier when your not worrying about dozens of cars around you. A few questions: Any tips on mounting curbs? What do you guys do with those lights that have sensors on the road? Do you guys mount the curb with your bike when you park in places or do you like to find the nearest ramp / pathway? When downshifting, is it done progressively and slowly when approaching the lights or do you click click click straight down to first on a red light (which is what I'm doing)? How do I know exactly when is the ideal time to go up a gear? (my bike goes to 20krpm but I'm pretty sure it should be nowhere near there when I'm upshifting). What about downshifting? I'm quite scared of experimenting when doing 70-80km/h and doing it too soon and having my bike jerk and throw me off. Anyone here ride a cbr find their elbows get in the way when trying to do full turn on the bike?? thanks !!