I'm 15 and I've ridden for a little over a year. I started on a Honda CRF230F and I rode it a TON and got some great practice in. We have some property in Arkansas(I live in Texas) that we go up to 1 or 2 weekends out of every month. I've had hundreds of hours of riding just off road, not to mention on the street. I have a Ninja 250 that I've had since January. I started by taking it out for a ride around the neighborhood every day. I've ridden two up most of the time, and it's been a breeze. As long as your passenger knows how to lean and to not distract you, it's easy. I spent a month in Asia this summer, and my dad and I rented motorcycles for our transportation in Vietnam. It was a good experience to have, because Vietnam is known for very busy traffic, especially with motorcycles. I still haven't taken the MSF course, but I ride around outside my neighborhood. I'm very comfortable on a bike now, and I know my limits, and I ride like everyone is trying to run me over. Anyway, I just thought I'd chime in. This post turned out to not have a point, but who cares. Have fun riding.