After my first 1 hour lesson, my instructor has basically stated that he doesn't think I should ever get on a motorbike again. Just a little background info... I'm a 60 kilo, 175 centimetre 22 year old with a manual car licence, employed as a software developer for a living. I had little to no problem with clutch control, was able to turn and balance cleanly (despite some rather solid crosswinds at the time, the lesson was at 6:30 in the morning on the coast), and only once did the throttle get away from me. As far as I can tell, I'd done nothing wrong. The motorcycle was a vtr 250. Maybe these are one of the larger 250s? I don't know if that makes any difference. The problem was that he wasn't happy with how I was stopping the bike, for the entire hour (where apparently most people are able to conquer the skill of stopping and putting their foot down within 15 minutes, tops). My foot position on the brake was correct, I used the clutch properly, and broke gradually (not that I could have skidded at the car park speed even if I wanted to.) I tried everything. Of course, the first few times I tried, I kept putting the bike down hard on my left side because I knew that it was going to fall when I stopped and I just wanted to make sure it fell left. He then advised me that I need to stay upright. Needless to say, my next few attempts had the bike falling randomly to the left or right as I stopped, usually dictated by the wind. (The bike never actually fell once during the lesson, I feel that's probably an important point to make, since I always had my foot underneath to support once it was sufficiently slow to do so, and it never started tipping until it was going that slowly.) Once, the bike was tipping right and the wind gusted it over to my left, so my foot ended up coming down with the bike completely vertical (although I personally wasn't comfortable with this, as the bike was still leaning to the right at the time and the only thing that kept it from falling over all together was a firm grip on the handlebars that brought it over to my left). Apparently this was the only good stop I performed all lesson? Ultimately, I felt most comfortable leaning myself and bike to the left and placing my foot down; I never once felt it was going to tip over to the right, nor was my foot supporting more than about 20 kilos when it came down. But apparently my weight was distributed to the front and left of the bike, according to my instructor. Is this a common problem among beginners? (I've never ridden a motorbike previously.) Am I uniquely physically/mentally challenged such that I'll never be able to ride, and should I take his advice and not even pursue further lessons with another instructor? So, I'll let the forums decide. Was it the instructor or was it me?