Hi! Seen that I've been posting since my first baby steps here's a new one! Thanks to all of your good advices and great support and the great guidance of panda scoot I've actually made it through my first big long ride today. I've only practiced during weekends (aside from two week nights which didn't go well as my headlight might as well not be there!) so even though I'm one month away from my red Ps I still feel very noob to it all, but after getting the gist of it, I've been living with itchy feet to get to the weekend and ride around the surrounding suburbs. but today in summary: 1. SOOO MUCH FUN!! ...I mean, you know what I mean...there's no words for it! 2. I'll need to install a flame thrower at the back of my helmet 3. Mozzie hit 90 and didn't explode!! 4. Wind and 80kmph on a CB125E means Fly GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY 5. I totally pulled it off! Henry Winkler GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY This was the final route: https://www.google.com.au/maps/dir/...17d681632aba0!2m2!1d151.04455!2d-33.62429!5i2 Way up was awesome, it took us an hour and half, some traffic and lots to try out to see how I'd handle everything especially corners at fast speeds and yes, loosen the throttle before a corner to then pump it half way through (provided there's plenty of visibility ahead) makes the corner so stable. Uphill starts and traffic light starts came out so smooth, haven't stalled once!! I realised that knowing your bike's ratio gear/clutch/throttle plays a vital role in riding. I learned that pointing my finger to the L plate and doing the ok thumb to tailgaters is 90% effective with those pea brained people and 9% ineffective with lost causes (golf/red-green Ps / hiace tribe drivers) and 1% is dedicated to that old fart with his whole family in the car that decided to -death point- closely tailgate me, ignoring my L pointing and thumb up request, he not only did it at a traffic jam on the way back where everyone was going 5kmph and I was leaving a three to five second gap just because you'll eventually get to the car in front whether they're stuck to your ass or not...and at least I won't be sandwiched if another idiot behind him does the same to him and doesn't break....so that didn't stop me from having fun singing in my helmet soon enough he gave up and overtook me to be in front of me whilst this time I was giving him the well known finger up in the air as a car was merging behind him...so I was safe enough he wouldn't road rage at me as car in between was shielding.... it was too hard to keep that finger on my handle bars, I chose a good moment though! you guys are too zen in these situations, I still have a lot to learn! I constantly head checked when changing lanes! I didn't do this in my comfy neighborhood till I got out there and felt like a gazelle surrounded by lions and even when I got into my tiger mode, gazelle instinct prevailed! I went at a cafe and parked mozzie down a gravel road and wheel got bogged in mud and I couldn't move, I got off and pushed it backwards...noob mistake, park always facing away from curb or walls so when you get out it's not as hard and you don't have a crowd of people watching it'll ruin your cool rider image! Also in heavy traffic I did not filter as I'm an L and managed to stay in first gear slow riding for a long time, that practice was worth gold in experience. Pretty much I've experienced everything in one day from high speeds to mountain roads, oil on the road, gravel, dirt, rain, wet road, dark clouds, heavy traffic jams, huge roundabouts, emergency stop (guess who?...hiace suddenly cutting my way without indicating of course!) and all types of corners and to top it up a cocktail of mixed brains and attitudes and heaps of riders along the way, I waived as I find hard to nod! But at the end of the day after 2 and half hours of traffic (on the way back), a sore ass and a black face (from pollution) I love riding more than ever! and now....I'd love to hear about your first real adventure out!