I just started riding recently, have a 2000 vstar 1100 custom and really enjoy riding so far. i have put about 1500 miles on the bike in four months i am still learning to make sharp slow speed turns. I dropped it once on loose gravel, so i guess i am getting initiated. i have ridden in rain, at night, on curvy back roads and interstate , so getting to learn some new things. i am trying to be very careful, went on my first group ride two weeks ago and enjoyed it, can learn a lot of seasoned riders. i try to ride safely, wear a lime green vest, white helmet, and protective jacket/pants/boots. it is amazing that when i stop riding for even a week , it seems i have to reorient myself to riding a bit , i guess it is because my lack of riding experience. I am still going to the local school parking lots and practicing turns/stops/ swerves, etc, it seems to help build confidence.