Hi guys and girls, After reading many threads prompting noobs to speak up, I thought I would share my latest ride with you all. After getting my bike a few months ago and putting a few hours each week commuting and riding a few basic twisties, a couple of weeks ago I decided to give Rpringbrook Road a go and head up to the top of the mountain. That day i was taking it pretty easy, as it was still a little wet from the rain we have been having on the Gold Coast. All went well on the way up and slowly built some confidence, practicing what i was taught and what i had read on NR (looking through corners, gripping tank with knees, loose arms etc). However on the way down from the top, i came into a corner too fast, and due to a SR, grabbed the front brake a little to hard, and lowsided my VTR250. Luckily i was ATGATT and came out of it a little mentally shaken, but not hurt. So after I limped back on the bike and put it in for a minor repair (just snappe the left footpeg, but it needed to go in for a service anyway) a went about trying to figure out why i grabbed the brake, and tried to work out what i should have done differently (set the bike for the corner earlier, look through, push the bar) to not do that again. I also got myself a copy of the twist of the wrist 2 video and watched that a couple times. Well on sunday afternoon i decided it was time to try it again. i had put ina few more hours doing the tallebudgera and currumbin valley runs, so i had some confidence back and set out to tackle the mountain again. This time i was more hesitent (think taking it slower, concentrating on everything i had learnt and watched on the TOTW2) and even pulled over to let a few other bikes go past, as i was slowing them down (i cant wait till i have the confidence and ability to tackle the corners like those guys did). i made a mental note of the corner i came off on last time as i went past it on the way up, making sure i set up some mental markers to where i wanted to position myself, where i wanted to be finished my preturn braking and so forth, and then it was time to tackle the downward run again. and i made it this time without incident. funny thing is as i was coming down i mistook a couple corners for the incident corner, which ultimately helped as i was really concertration on the bike setup pre corner on basically every turn. but after two runs i was a little mentally fatigued so i decided to head home before i used up all my concentration and binned it again. so i guess my message to the other noobs is if you do bin it, and almost eveyone does at some stage (so it appears after reading a bit of NR), just think about what you did and didnt do, try to get some help from other riders and do a bit more self education, and get back out there. Dont let it defeat you. When I got home after the first crash the missus asked if i was going to sell the bike now. It didnt cross my mind, but i am sure that some people could get defeated by a stack early in their riding life.