Hi again! This weekend I went around more blocks near my place, those roundabouts are pretty familiar now, taking the bike in general seems so familiar and what at the start felt like a big thing: start without stalling and balancing, indicating and stopping...now seems the easy thing. Obviously I haven't practiced high speeds yet so have no clue whatsoever how will that go. But new challenge was going downhill and uphill and then turn left on uphill position. I have to say I totally suck at that, I concentrate on speed and forget to look at the corner focus point so in all cases I went very wide around the bend and in one case my bike was about to stall as wrong gear (4th) and deceleration which happens very quickly uphill so very little room to play with throttle and get dimensions right for the corner! The hill is quite steep but I thought I'd give it a try. Definitely need to learn where to look and to be decisive with speed around the corner as I often tend to slow down and plan my strategy as I go around but in the uphill case my engine was like a coughing mozzie, I barely made it around the corner and got to straight land again and was all over the other lane, luckily no cars!! So no...I'll start the uphill /downhill challenge! Downhill I really tense up at first (intensity is like when your butt tenses to a dried prune state and the knees become one with the tank) but then I apply a bit of front break as I go down and all good, I still don't know what gear is best for that slope but second was handling roughly ok, I think 3d would be better. Uphill: I stopped when going from first to second, changing gears going uphill is harder than it seems, ie I did the usual, ease the throttle quickly and release the clutch at point but I kept throttling and nothing happened so I had to stop and do a start from first! Hill start was better than my usual considering the say 65-70% slope I was on and that I'm a smurf barely touch the ground, with no muscles to keep momentum if required. Anyway.. hills are challenging and definitely it's all about concentration ie can't focus only on the throttle and the gears, must focus on the road and the around corners uphill...look where I want to go rather than the ground or the lines! Every time I ride it's a new challenge, can't wait to get good at it!! I've got so much to learn but I think the best thing of being a learner on a bike is that you're making your rules as you go and I like that, it's a powerful feeling to learn to manage something you're solely responsible for. Loving the wind sound and mozzie bike struggling tiny engine uphill is priceless! Now I'd love to hear stories about hills...funny ones etc...and corners...and also what do you do before a corner? and uphill corners??