Hi all, just a quick motivational post! I've been riding for near on 18 months now, so not long. Really haven't had the bike time I've been after, work, other work, moving, stuff so I don't have to do work anymore, weather etc kept getting in the way. Maybe covered 4000kms on the VTR250, and just cracked the 2500kms on the STR. Anyway, had a couple of slight falls on the VTR, and near on dropped the STR within the first week (they really have a turning circle of a large car at walking pace! Caught me out, wedged body under bike). Confidence was not the best! Plus I'm a part time defensive driving instructor, so I know how bad some drivers really are! So there is the background so people can relate. Anyway, at last work freed up a little, the sunshine state started to live up to its name. I've managed to ride in to work 3 or so days a week, that has been helping heaps with the low speed confidence stuff. Then weekends I've been making sure to get to some twisties, even if its just Mt Coot-tha or some back roads out Mt Cotton way. Also driven Nebo a few times in the car over the past 2 months (gf wanted to come along). Anyway, went up Nebo 2 weekends ago, felt a little better, nothing major. Then went up again weekend just gone. First 10-15mins were a little sketchy in places, fortunately no cars or other bikes around, so it didn't worry me slowing down a little and collecting my thoughts. Felt good after that. Came across some cars, the pulled over the instant they saw me to get past, thinking at this point, can the day get better! Anyway, got over the top, at a break. Then down Glorious to the flat more open bit. I like this section, especially after the stupid downhill hairpins! Opened up the taps a fair bit, getting on the gas earlier and a little more each corner, slowly building it up, little more lean, more heat in the tyres etc. Felt really pretty good, all that Keith Code stuff making sense at last! Stopped at the T junction, had another break, drink of water, chat to a bloke with a white speed triple, emptied the bladder. Then back up the hill. By about the 2nd corner I was back in to it. By the time I got back to the hill, and the hairpins I was feel MUCH more relaxed on the bike than I ever have, leaning more, feeling more in control. Actually feeling the road, not just 'bumps in the suspension'. By the time I was up on the top, heading back down the Nebo bit I was feeling really good about it all. Didn't even think about the bit that I came off on the VTR. By the time I got home, and wiped a little of the smile off my face, and sat down to think about it all, I was pretty happy. Said to myself, at long last it has clicked. It hasn't all been a waste of time and money! This motorbiking lark is awesome! I've been riding to work this week as well, as to not forget the lessons and go backwards again. Don't get me wrong, I've not nailed it. Just hit an important milestone in the learning process, still a good 1-1.5cms of 'chicken' strips left, and I can move off the bike a lot more. But it will come with time. Just putting it up for anyone who might be in a similar position to me. You just need to find the time to get out there, and just keep working at it. You need some consistancy to get better. Which I really haven't had until now. And DON'T RUSH IT, you will get better with time! Pretty obvious stuff, but when you've been a little timid, its sometimes hard to get motivated. Turns out the short post is a long one. Sorry 'bout that! Hope it helps someone!