My wife just got her M2 and basically flat out stated that she did not feel ready for the road. We live in the Beaches and are surrounded by traffic hell and endless streetcar tracks. I don't want her to start riding around here where she will be overwhelmed by the chaos and may take a hit to her confidence. When I got my first bike back in 1999 I did it completely the wrong way. I got my M2 on a 250cc Suzuki in the fall of '98 and bought a bike that winter. The bike I bought was an Intruder 1400 which was wholly inappropriate for a beginner, which is why I had a mishap and dropped it on my first ride (minor drop, no damage, but still...). My point is, don't do what I did. For your early rides you should be going out of the city and riding quiet rural roads. I took my wife out to Goodwood on her bike and she rode north out of the Goodwood Café and enjoyed a stress free first solo road ride. If you have a place close to the GTA where there is little traffic please share below. Also, if you don't have a way to get out there without riding through the city, I suggest riding out early in the morning on a weekend before the traffic gets too bad.