Well well well. What was I missing. Age 53 here, bought a 2000 a month ago. Registered for the MSC and am scheduled for June 23, 24. I have my permit, bike is registered/insured.
Anyway, up till today, having no riding gear I've been doing the driveway thing and chomping at the bit. Took off from work and went to local cycle shop and went on a spending spree, not really. Bought an Arai vector helmet, Olympia hard knuckle gloves and a Firstgear textile/armor jacket. Already have old full grain leather hiking boots and heavy jeans.
It's been over 35 years for me (dirt bikes) and I was very leery regarding turns etc. I have a nice quiet dead-end development behind my home in the rural Hunterdon County area and that's where I've been itching to go to practice. Got nice sweeping curves/turns etc. So I fired the beast up and off I went.
WOW! The word that 1st came to mind was exhilarating. I did 3 miles and pulled into my driveway, got off and said, what the hell am I doing? I wanted more. Back out again for several miles in same area. Back to home, same thing, I didn't want to get off. Back out again this time expanding out a little further. I botched a right turn by taking it too wide. You see, I started out at 10:30am (real quiet) I got a little rattled when traffic appeared, especially behind me. I kept at it a little more and after 30 miles on the trip-meter called it a day.
Whew, this is going to be fun!