Hi All, Just wanna share my experience of how my best friend got a bike and how it effected me. Curious if others had similar feelings when best friends/friends get a bike because you did. So my best friend of 9 years(basically my brother) just got his first bike, a brand new R3! When I started riding 1.2 years ago I was an absolute natural, I hopped on a bike the first time and after 2.5 hours I had my open RE license. Two day later got my CBR500r. After 1 year of watching me riding he decided to get a new bike and I had very mixed feelings. On one had I was really excited to have someone to ride with(I'm pretty introverted so I never group rode or anything) and be able to share the joy of riding with him. On the other hand I know he's not as coordinated as me and if anything ever happened to him I would blame myself for getting him into it and I don't know what I would do with myself. He had 4 lessons and when I went for my R test I took him with me so he could get his RE(it's the same test just different CC bikes). I even signed him up for a refresher course so he would have 2 hours of practice before the test. This was the first time I saw him ride and it scared me because he seem a lot less experience then I had expected after 4 one on one lessons. It almost seemed as if it was the first time he was on a bike. Before to the test he explained to me the bike handles completely different to what he learnt on( GS500 to CB150). He said he is struggling to break habits he learned of how much front and back brake to use and the handling/ weight difference. He actaully didn't even get to do the test as the tester was not comfortable with his ability on the road ( Even though my friend had been on the road a few times now). A few days later he had one more lesson and did his test with the other company and passed. To be honest I was actually that happy due to what I saw on my test day. I personally didn't think he should be on the road especially by himself. But he assured me it was all in the difference in the bike. Of course I did believe him but there was still that part of me that was sceptical. Two weeks later(This weekend) we pick up his R3. I ride it back as it was over one hour away and rainy weather. First thing I noticed about the R3 is how close the clutch point is, You barley release the lever and the clutch drops. I even stalled it twice taking off. Once at mine the weather cleared up and we wanted to go for a back street ride. He hopes on and practices taking off in my long drive way. He stalled it almost every single time. I advise him to trhoatle first then slowley release the clutch other the bike will stall, he starts to get the hang of it but his stall rate was still at 40%. I live on a main road and wasn't comfortable with him pulling out of it let alone riding to his place 30 min away which includes serveal main roads, highway off ramp and corners. He instead we both ride to his place and he will just need to get used to the bike but the best way would be just on the road. We wait for night time and take off with me behind him the whole way. He pulls out ok but then is having trouble keeping speed, he is wobbly and when we pull up to the first set of lights he starts slowing down way too early then stopping 5 meters before the line. I tell him he needs to engine break more and wait to get closer to the lights before starting to stop. We take off and he stalls, once moving I notice he hits his foot break every time he gears up. Again he start breaking much too early. I tell him this time about his foot brake and to try to brake even later. The next stretch I notice he is no longer wobbly, didn't foot break and he braked a lot closer but still not great. I feed this back to him and tell him his cornering is really good in fact and he never forgets the indicator, I see his confidence lift. We get to the high way then take the off ramp and stop at lights which is on a little hill and a right angel turn. By this point he has no trouble keeping speed, his gearing is good, corning surprisingly like a pro and never forgetting indicators. How ever he still breaks too early, stops too far from the line, stalls during take off and almost stacked it taking of from the lights on the will with the turn but recovers. We stop at a shopping centre near his place with a massive car park. He I make him practice taking off but enforcing the throttle first then clutch, You cant throttle too much only too little. Then I get him to gain speed and stoped before a certain point repeatedly. Having trouble I hope on and show him what happens when you slam your front break on and only some rear break. The ABS kicks in and you stop very quickly and if your legs out bike will naturally lean that way when stopped. After he tries this his breaking improve 10 fold. His fear of not having enough time vanishes, he no longer is scared because he knows what the bike will do. After just one hour I can't believe what I'm seeing. He is riding as if its been 6 months. He told me it's understanding how the bike works and knowing what it is actually capable of. We take to the streets and it's as if its a completely different person riding in front of me then 2 hours ago. We ride around for 3 hours and when I leave his place, while I still naturally have some worry I am not longer stressed and have confidence in his ability to ride solo. tl;dr friend got bike because I did, Stressed me out, would blame myself if anything happened, Turned out to have a positive outcome so far.