I thought I would share a recent experience with people. I've been riding for just shy of a year on my VTR250, I've done about 25,000 km so far. A few days back a mate of a neighbour was visiting and was nice enough to let me have a ride of his Fireblade. I have been on the bike before but only as a quick zip up the street and back and at the time I found it to be a lot of power to handle. The other night I took it for a half hour ride and it really opened my eyes up as to why there are the limitations place on new riders. It's not like getting out of a 1979 Ford Escort and into an XR8. I have always found with cars it takes only minutes to adjust and if you are careful, it's pretty hard to stuff up. These powerful bikes though are a lot to handle. It only took me 10 mins or so before I was riding fairly smoothly but I can certainly see how some riders get themselves killed. One of my neighbours got his license when I did but decided that he is going to wait until he is off restrictions before he buys a bike. He seems to think it will be as easy to ride as the CB250s we did our test on, only faster. I now think this is a bad thing. I've learned so much in the past year and there is still a decent step up to a bigger bike. But I'm finding it exciting rather than daunting.