Agreed. I tooled around my subdivision for about 2 wks before I ventured out on the roads. Find every stop sign in your subdivision or complex and practice your (engine) braking. Then find some slight hills to practice starting on a hill from 1st. Things like that...If you haven't taken a motorcycle riding class, I strongly recommend it (if it's available where you live, of course). As far as learning, take it slow, find a nice empty parking lot to put around in and practice smooth clutch/throttle operation, as well as smooth, controlled use of both front and rear brakes. Practice keeping your head and eyes up, practice engaging and canceling your indicators without looking for the button. A really good video for riding technique is called "twist of the wrist." Im pretty sure you can find it on YouTube. It's pretty cheesy, but it's full of good information. Overall, just have fun, and be safe!