Spotted a couple riding on CBR 125s one red, the other white perhaps you are on this forum and perhaps not. Heck I don't even know if I am allowed the privilege to be spewing all this.... especially being a new(er) rider and all.
Just a couple of observations I made while following you two from Blenheim out to Granville.
To the rider of the white CBR. It's obvious your riding partner is new cause she's got the "L" stuck to her license plate. She was obviously not too comfortable riding in traffic (the red CBR was doing about 40-45). Don't just leave them in your dust and ditch them... You took off right before the twisty part (by the park/public swimming hole) and you were no where to be seen through the long straight away . When I finally spotted you, you were waiting out by Adera... almost Granville street. I know you're supposed to ride your own ride and all, but if I was riding with a learner, I wouldn't want to leave them to their own demise; especially when they're not that confident in traffic.
I tried to hold off traffic so that the red CBR wouldn't feel too nervous, cause I know I was when I just first started in traffic. I wasn't in any hurry either, but the red CBR started riding along the shoulder. So I figured okay, we'll just pass on by then.
To the new rider on the red CBR. It was pretty obvious you weren't too comfortable in traffic. You were going 40-45 which is okay, but maybe you should be riding in the side streets till you felt comfortable with riding on the busier roads. Going slow on busy roads can be as dangerous as riding too fast.
Also, don't ride on the shoulder along the road... ESPECIALLY through the twist part of Marine Drive!!! Those are blind driveways and by blind I mean you can't see squat coming out of them. The drive ways are in the turns, and the drivers definately can't see around the corners... and not to mention the driveways are sloped upwards onto Marine Drive. I know, cause I've made numerous deliveries in the past to those houses. I especially am cautious about one particular driveway cause the resident tends to habitually launch their massive black Ford Expedition into Marine Drive abruptly.
Just ride safe with that in mind, and please disregard all that if I'm speaking out of place.
Oh and by the way....
My name is Chix.... and I'm a new rider.
It's been 2 days since the last time I pissed off a driver and probably broke a couple of the laws outlined in the Motor Vehicle Act.
Look forward to meeting more of you on the road.