I recently upgraded from a VTR 250 to a Street Triple. I'd taken it on a few rides through the Dandenongs and around Kinglake/Yarra Glen, but I was yet to go on a serious ride - until last weekend. Unfortunately enough, none of my mates ride road bikes, so my trip was always going to involve the old man, which probably isn't such a bad thing in the end. Saturday involved a pretty boring ride from Melbourne to Bairnsdale to meet up with a couple of blokes from Canberra, watch the Grand Final and get some sleep before the big ride on Sunday. Sunday's ride, however, was nothing short of amazing. Here's a link to the route we took from Bairnsdale to Bright along the Victorian Great Alpine Road. This route was fantastic, and it was sunny all day without being too hot - you couldn't have asked for better conditions, and the views from Hotham were incredible. Unfortunately we couldn't stop for photos because bikes aren't technically allowed on the road until October 2, and the guy at the entry gate had asked us to keep a low profile and just ride straight through - it would have been a bit churlish to cause a fuss after he'd been good enough to let us through. The route had everything from fast, sweeping corners on the way from Bairnsdale to Omeo, and then tight, continuous twists and turns on the descent from Mount Hotham (and a few reasonably straight bits to see how quick the bikes really could go). The best thing about it was that the twisty sections just went on, and on, and on... we all had an absolute blast and it was just awesome to really tip the bike in on corners and feel a confidence in my machine that I just never had with the 250. All in all, it was a top weekend and I would recommend this trip to anybody. You'd be hard pressed to find many roads that would surpass these ones, I reckon. One word of warning for those that haven't done the section from Hotham to Harrietville is that if you're heading south, the majority of the corners will be blind right handers in narrow lanes, so you'll have to be pretty careful of cagers barelling downhill.