Hi guys, I’d like to make notes about my first bike and learning experience (and related newbie questions (after I’ve STFA)). I hope this is an appropriate place for such posts. I’ve got a stock VTR250 EFI in red colour. I’ve not yet ridden any interesting locations so I don’t have any photos for now. Plenty of stock photos available online if anyone doesn’t already know what one looks like! Started off up and down local streets and forgetting to cancel the indicator as there was too much going on in my head. Max speed was 40km/h and the average was slower than on my bicycle. Progressed to practising hill starts and quick braking from ~15km/h as I thought these may be some more important skills that may be handy as a learner and help me become familiar with the controls and handling. Been a few months now and only have time to ride for an hour or two on the weekends and the occasional commute so progress is slow but I’m up to stalling and beeping the horn accidentally only once every couple of rides now. My L’s are about to expire so it’s time to cram in the skills needed for the MOST. Newbie experiences: Indicator left on after turning. Didn’t notice the engine stop switch activated. Beeped horn accidentally when passing a girl. Dropped helmet when hanging it from bars. Almost had head ripped off when doing first head check at 80km/h. Like: The sound when accelerating through the 7-8,000 RPM range. Ease and stability at highway speeds. Quick gear changes. Dislike: So many other interesting LAMS bikes I’ve seen since frequenting this forum. Helmet hair. ATGATT. Mid-late afternoon sun. Cold hands. Wonder: Why can I trackstand on a bicycle but not do a U-turn on a motorbike without dragging my feet?! Is it possible to downshift to first and match engine speeds so that the is no chatter from the clutch? How to hold the nozzle when filling up petrol. Kinda just hovering mid-tank right now. The first time I filled up I pulled out too early and split fuel on the tank. So lucky it wasn’t so much that it might drip down to the hot engine! Can I build a non-contact tent-like shelter to cover the bike as soon as I park it outside? Currently using an eBay bike cover and worried it might melt if I cover the bike immediately after parking. Shopping list: Reflective rim strips Maybe a different looking headlight (not round) Boots Kevlar jeans with knee and hip protection or normal jeans with strap on protection worn underneath Thanks for your time.