Aloha all! I've been riding for a month now and there are a few things I have noticed.
The comments about being a woman rider, especially being 4'10" and 120 lbs., are NEVER going to stop.
When people realize you ride a bike, they suddenly have to share a story about how they, or their parent, sibling, uncle, grandparent, friend, cousin by marriage and thrice removed, etc., got into a really bad accident and....
The MSF course is an absolutely wonderful thing to take, even if you never plan on being a motorcyclist.
In general, motorists see you but they don't SEE you.
Small traffic circles are NOT fun when there is other traffic.
Finally, the biggest lesson I've learned...
This is an expensive hobby but I love it anyway!