First of all, I'd like to offer up a big thanks to Goddie, who very kindly escorted me on my ride to breakfast and the learner session this morning. It was the first time I had ridden at $1.00 for more than a few minutes, and having an escort was a great, low-pressure introduction to motorway riding. I had been putting it off, and having the Goddie there was just the help that I needed, and was much appreciated. This afternoon, I felt inspired, and when my other half asked me to go and pick up some ingredients for dinner I decided I'd head to the local supermarket taking a 100km detour (bacchus marsh and back) to get in some more highway practice. TL;DR, I: rode @ $1.10 for the first time with 50km/h crosswinds in relatively heavy traffic and I was fine! Small wins, I know, but I was pretty happy with myself for getting out and doing it. What I learnt: At $1.10, the desire to grip on tight to the bars and tense up was hard to fight, but .. Using the "chicken-wing technique" definitely seemed to help me loosen up The bike is a lot more stable, even in 50km/h cross-winds, than I previously felt comfortable giving it credit for. Although I felt _myself_ being blown, as long as I trusted the bike, and kept my eyes on where I wanted to go, the bike seemed to know how to get there. At $1.10 in the gusty wind, I could feel my neck muscles getting a workout as the helmet copped it. It was very noisy with all the wind inside the helmet! Next time I'm going to try with the vents closed. The VTR seems to cope better in 4th than 5th at those speeds (closer to peak torque), especially when going up hills. Pulling onto the freeway in a $1.10 section, right in front of a road-train .. not recommended for the meek As much as the VTR struggles > $1.00, I did pull away from him up the hill though = My guardian angel was getting buffeted a bit by the wind, and I found that I had slow down at times to let her catch up. All-in-all, today was a good day.