Yay I got my new bike yesterday but seeing as I haven't really ridden since I got my Learners 3 months ago I was pretty nervous! I also live in St Kilda - veryyyy busy area! My boyfriend and I waited til about 10pm and we took the bike to have a ride around the backstreets He was really good, giving me heaps of encouragement and getting me to try things out. He doesn't have his licence yet but he was there giving me support I was extremely nervous, embarrassed of screwing up etc etc.. I got to start my bike up infront of a bar full of people He got me through it though! After I'd practiced for an hour or so I finally got up the courage to go for a ride along the beach to Brighton, with my boyfriend following with his car It was a 60km zone and I only really sat on about 50kph but it felt so fast! Luckily its a pretty easy stretch of road, it just gets really busy during the day. I need -so- much practice with changing gears (I usually drive auto, this is my first vehicle ever with gears) and cornering. However it was a good first ride and there wasn't much traffic at that time of night I think we were out until almost midnight? Bike felt really good too but I have to get used to the sitting position, my feet a further forward than I'm used to so sometimes I "lose" the footpegs when trying to put my feet up on them.