Slow bikes ridden fast are a mountain of fun. Fast bikes ridden slow are a form of torture. As a worldly-wise traveler once posted in Ride Reports: "It takes about 15hp to go around the world. The rest is wheel spin." Beware the wind. I was reminded of this today when on the Strom crossing a bridge with winds 20-25 gusting to 40. In less than half a mile, the wind helped me execute three involuntary lane changes. I crossed this bridge with my hazards on. Other drivers proved most polite and gave me quite the berth. Talk to everyone who rides. Listen to what they say. Lessons can be found in each encounter. SQUIDs, 1% types, goons, every day folk, retired tourers; they all have experience good and bad. Ride Like a Pro or motogymkhana will do wonders for one's low-speed ability. Get a 50' measuring tape, a dozen tennis balls (cut in half) and an empty parking lot. Friends make it more fun. New to all this? Kinda nervous about riding in traffic? Have a 5am breakfast on Sunday and be out the door by 6am. Ride for two hours on empty roads. Repeat until you feel confident.