It occured to me it might be valuable for newbies getting out into the country this summer to be recommended some goods roads, but in stages of increasing difficulty as a safer way of stepping-up to the challenges. Here, in three stages of difficulty / risk, are the order in which I would learn to ride the country / twisty roads (taken from my weekend haunts, on the edge of Melbourne). I'd suggest getting confident at each stage before moving onto the next. But remember one thing, don't let your new confidence on that last road fool you into making assumptions when you ride the next one. Golden Rule: every road you take for the first time will have surprises to bring you unstuck. Ride hard if you want to crash. Just cruise it (at least the first time) if you don't! Stage One I recommend riding up and down these roads: Healseville-Yarra Glen Rd. Melba Hwy from Yarra Glen, then turn off to King Lake, and then back. Kangaroo Ground (which you can access from the Eastern Fwy: up Blackburn rd then up Warrandyte rd) to Yarra Glen (there's one very tight corner near the end!). Particularly recommended. Healesville to Woori Yallock (Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Rd), then to Warburton or down to Cockatoo. Whittlesea to Yea. Particularly recommended. Yea to Broadford via Strath Creek, then down the old road parallel to the Hume, back to Whittlesea. These roads are all chosen because with one exception the corners are not as hard as the other levels (but they are real corners and there's real dangers and you will have to learn to negotiate them and you will learn to do so at speed), and the traffic's tame enough and it's easy to pull over. A quick glance will show that these roads interconnect for longer rides (increase your ride time / distance incrementally too - fatigue often brings new riders unstuck). Stage Two Take it easy getting to these roads for the first time: there are sharp corners, and you will crash if you make assumptions when entering them. You'll see why I distinguish them from stage 3, but really this also counts as the higher risk stage, not an intermediate stage. Dandenongs (a good step-up between stage 1 and 2). Chum Creek Rd. Myers Creek Rd. Launching Place to Gembrook. Black Spur (continue on to Marysville) Great Ocean Road (Geelong to Apollo Bay or Cape Otway Lighthouse) Stage Three I generally avoid these two roads, because the vehicles on-coming around blind corners in my lane, and under-skilled motorcyclists gunning it, are likely to kill me! Heidelberg-King Lake Rd (through the national park) Reefton Spur All the roads have to a degree been listed, not only in stages, but individually in order of challenge. The perspective I present is subjective and other experienced riders would disagree with certain details (though nobody is 'correct'), but this is, I think, a sound guide. I would take at least a year to do all these roads as a learner, assuming I rode most weekends. Remember that it's better to be known as a slower rider than remembered as a fast one! Matt EDIT: Just thought I'd add this as an idea. Check out the road you're going to ride here www.street-directory.com.au , following the road at Zoom 5 (300m). NB sharp turns, decreasing radius turns, corners that happed at the end of a long straight (where you might be tempted to open it up and so enter the corner too fast). Not that you should try to memorise anything or use this method to predict anything as you ride, but it means you can keep in mind certain challenges. Planning a ride tonight up Mt Baw Baw for the first time I just used this method and I'll be extra wary having seen what I saw. The other method is to watch the route being ridden on Youtube. Don't let the speed put you off, the videos are mostly by sports riders, but you can get a better sense of what challenges you might come across. One Baw Baw video shows a decreasing radius corner and the bike in front over-shoots it off the road while the camera bike crosses the centre line!