and I'm finally out and about on it a bit. I'm nervous as hell, lemme tell you. NERVOUS. She's bigger than my last bike, and has a fair amount of power, but I love her. (Her name's Rook, in case anyone wants to know.)
(God, this is sooooooo disjointed.)
I've taken the basic rider's course, and did pretty well. Slow speed stuff makes me wibbly, but I'm getting better. I took her to the gas station to fill up and got in and out okay, although it took me a lot longer than it should have to actually feel like I had enough room to make the turn, and the subsequent right hand turn to get home.
Liam has been out riding with me, and we've got headsets, so he's been wonderful about keeping me focused and steady. :-)
The only thing that makes me nervous is that he's a much better rider than I am and he's way more comfy on his bike. See: Much better rider. :-) He's apologized for seeming like a hard ass about getting me out and around, and if I feel like he's pushing me to go faster or on bigger roads than I feel ready for, I'm supposed to tell him.
This is going to become my commuter bike, although that's a bit off in the future. Getting to work is one thing, since traffic is pretty light at 0600, but 1630 is a whole different animal and the idea of stop and go on an overpass makes me want to barf.
Headsets are charging, and we'll be heading out again after dinner to make the inner loop, and whatnot. We'll see how it goes.