Look far ahead, especially in the turns. Never take a turn leaning over the center line, saw a friend almost lose his head in front of me once. The only part of him on this side of the line were his tires. His head was probably 2 feet into the other lane and a truck came flying round the corner on the line and somehow managed to miss him. Lesson learned that day for both of us. When stopping for gas and I get off the bike with the side stand then put it onto the center stand, remember to put the side stand back up!!!!! People always seem to be watching when you come back off the center stand and hit the side stand. Doh!!! ATGATT is a pain in the ass to live by. Every time I ride, even if it's just around the block. However, I made a promise to my daughter and myself. So I sweat in the summer, a lot, but then I can shower. Most people will not understand that you can ride for 2 days with the destination being back at home. The ride is the vacation, not the destination. I have also learned that I don't like to ride to work in the rain, waterproof gear still eludes me. There is always a wet patch somewhere. If the forecast is for rain later then I 'm ok with getting soaked on the way home. People like to give the "I'm sorry for you" look when stuck in traffic in the torrential rain, they can't see me grinning behind the helmet though. The last thing I learned is that my helmet size isn't a large... It's a medium. What a difference it makes on the highway, so much less buffeting with the wind when the helmet stays locked to your head.