After some time off, I'm back riding again, on my L's, and after an inital discomfort with riding I'm now really enjoying it. In the first week I: 1) Nearly got run off the road by a woman in a commodore who just pulled out in front of me. I had to run off the road onto grass, but luckily had set up brakes already as I had a feeling she may pull out. I blasted the horn but she was totally oblivious. Didn't even look. 2) I realised that generally people respect the L plate and give me some space and time. (I stalled twice at lights and waiting cars were very patient) 3) Realised that a lot of other people think the L plate is reason to have a go at me. I stopped at traffic lights and guy in an old Falcon pulled up until his bumper bar was almost touching my back wheel. I'm talking 1 inch from me. And it was deliberate. He stopped and then slowly edged up until he was almost touching me. Also last night going across harbour bridge in the left lane when someone shouted at me and scared the crap out of me. It was a passenger in a P plate car who laughed when they saw me swerve because of their yelling at me. Made me very angry. Even worse, the car behind them was also full of fools and after seeing the show, they yelled at me and laughed something about "L plates. HAHAHA!!" 4) No fuel gauge and brand new bike so had no idea what km I would get. I ran out of fuel on the other side of the harbour bridge (luckily not on it) so pulled over, put it onto 'reserve' and drove to the closest servo. I pulled up, opened the tank, pulled out the fuel hose and at that exact moment, they turned all the lights and pumps off and said "We're closed now" Pr!cks. 5) Nobody, and by that I mean about 5% of rider actually give a nod. The first 10 riders I saw I would nod to them and after being ignored for all but one of them, and feeling like an idiot in the process, I don't do it anymore. Which is a shame, because when I was riding 5 years ago, everyone would give a little nod to say gday. OK essay over, but I'm loving riding, even though this first week has been pretty scary at times. The VSTAR Custom is an awesome bike and I'm looking forward to meeting some of the NSW crew.