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Ok guys, here's the deal. I've got this buddy, who has no powersports expirience aside from riding a jet ski once (that he dumped). He's never riden a dirt bike, four wheeler, nothing. Well he wants to get a sport bike, and he is on a budget, so I have been pushing him towards the new 250, an older one, or an older 500 or 600 that isn't quite as high strung as the newer stuff. I had riden dirtbikes and what not for years before I got my first bike, and it was a Yamaha YZF-600R. My Second bike was as well. My 03 R6 is my third bike, a couple years later. I can proudly say I only ever dropped a bike (the 600R) in my driveway, on the first day I got it, because some gravel got under my foot, my leg slipped out and over it went. Now this guy is going and looking at an 02 R6. Am I wrong for thinking it's not a good idea, and he's probably going to get hurt? I know there are a lot of people who start out on 600's and what not, but a lot of the time they have some sort of expirience with something other than a car. He's on a very tight budget, and plans on getting "generic" (to use his words) gear. I won't have anything to do with him going out and buying a bike I know he can't ride. Do you guys think I am wrong for trying to discourage him from getting something like an R6 for his first bike? Last summer, another one of my friends bought his first sport, he had years of powersport expirience and lowsided his 06 600RR twice, so I tend to think this other kid is in for trouble. Also, he doesn't plan on taking the MSF. He wants me to teach him. I have succesfully taught people to ride before with great results, but always on bikes that fit into thier skill set. So what do you guys think?