Glad I found this post. I just bought a GSXR600 - first bike (bought before reading this). I'm definitely going to take the MSF rider's course before I ever get on my bike and I have a lot of friends whom also ride who are very supportive. All are willing to ride with me once I get ready to actually get on her & the biggest thing I've been told is ride to your ability - don't worry about slowing anyone down - if they are bothered you don't need to be riding with them anyways. Just having my bike has given me a new respect and appreciation for her - and I haven't even started her myself yet!