So, when i got this bike I had so little experience I actually had concerns riding home from the dealer. It went so darned well that I rode another hour or so that evening but had to leave for a flight out so I put it up. All I could think about for the next week was getting back on it. I did some riding on dirt roads on base and some trails but at the time was really conservative not knowing what to expect. Lucky for me I have a buddy that has a CRF250R and he took me trail riding several times into the capitol forest here in Washington. I still have many skills to work on and vast room for improvement on those skills but this bike definitely inspires confidence in a new rider. Getting on the highways was really weird at first and it still isn't my preference if it can realistically be avoided. It's winter here now and although mild still not very hospitable for riding. I decided to get over my fear of riding in the rain and cold with this bike and it was very easy to accomplish. The bike was really more sure footed than I had imagined it would be. That is until I took a wild ride on some ice. I didn't go down or anything but it was close and at about 35mph. Thank God I have been trained to remain calm in high stress environments or who knows what the potential outcome could have been. Now I am more conservative again on what weather and conditions I will ride in. I must be close if not over the 2000 mile mark so far. Currently it is partially disassembled while I am making some of the mods I have discussed with many of you so far. I am really thankful for this forum and all the contributors that have made so much of this information easier to find and all the advice I have already received that would have taken me a lifetime to acquire on my own. There is just no substitute that could have gotten me to where I am currently with this adventure without you all. This has definitely been the best purchase of my life!!!!