Went for a ride after work this arvo - something I was very much looking forward to due to the christmas rush setting upon us at work this week. I rocked up at my mates work (20 minutes late), and we headed off...already he was pulling away on the R6 of his. This is the route we took: Started at the Nambour end of bli-bli/nambour rd Up past the hospital and through the "sexy bends" Onto melany, then went on to montville and turned down Palmwoods/Melany rd. I followed after him pretty much the whole way during the ride, except where I led along palmwoods/melany road - now that's a scary road when you're a newbie. The problem wasn't my mate, or the road...but me. The whole time I felt like I constantly had my elbows locked and my legs were jelly (i.e. not gripping the tank) and I just felt so insecure on the bike going the speeds I did on the corners confronting me. I know I've only been riding for about a year - full on for about 5/6 months, and I also realise there's alot more years ahead of me of riding, which I wish to persue, but why whenever I ride with my mates, I feel obliged to try and prove myself to them? Along the way I will gain more experience and a better attitude towards riding and being comfortable on the bike and knowing the road I am on will help too...anyone got any advice to help me out?