It's been awhile since I've visited this site let alone post a thread, but I finally have a spare few minutes so here I am. I've had my license since '03 but didn't start riding until March of this year. I have an '05 Ninja 250. I crashed it May 1st and sprained both my knees and left ankle along with a small rash/cut on my right knee. I was wearing full gear that day, but I burned through the textile when I went tumbling and skidding on the asphalt. Anyways, I'm all better now, but I still feel the bruises in my knees. I've only logged about 1200 miles this season since most of my riding was limited to free weekends until recently when I rode my bike to work for the first time this past Tuesday. I live in the DC area and Beltway traffic is a bit intimidating to a newbie. My commute starts in Germantown, MD and ends in Tyson's Corner, VA so it involves getting on 270 and 495. However, I found that it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I never got even close to getting cut off. It seems like I found a very economical way to get to work, weather permitting. And driving through this traffic jungle is a great way to sharpen my skills. It's interesting that the first day I rode my bike I met another guy in the building who also rides. He mentioned that he has 7 sv650's in his stable along with the sv1000 he had at work. He's into endurance racing too. But I'm glad I finally got over my nerves and rode to work cuz it gives me more opportunity to ride and hopefully soon I'll be ready to move on to something b***** and better.