I have an amazing husband who no doubt loves me and who is also a very experienced rider (40 plus years over 250,000 miles). I got my license July 10th, rode my rebel and moved up to a Harley Softail Slim late August. Had issues learning to ride the Slim (dropped the bike 6 times -- braking issues). My hubby figured out what I was doing wrong (braking too hard with front break) and now I can make controlled smooth stops -- sometimes with one foot down and taking off with only one foot down. Admittedly I need practice in perfecting my friction zone, cornering, tight turns etc. I know I have lots to learn and with practice my skills will improve. Here is my problem. I believe that I will only really learn to ride by riding -- going round and around my neighborhood isn't going to do it. I believe my husband fears my going on the road. The fees short trips out of the neighborhood with him following he was upset that I wasn't exactly at or exceeding the speed limit. I believe I need to figure this out and won't be riding like he does at least not yet. I also believe the time has come to let me get on the streets (at times with the least amount of traffic and let me work through what I need to do to ride). We have had this discussion several times and can't see eye to eye. Am I destined to keep riding the neighborhood? Do I go out alone? Do I let him follow me? I really believe if I don't get out there and ride I will never learn. I know he is scared but his being scared affects my confidence. Ladies what do you think and/or what has been your experience?