Posting Newbie friendly rides is every bit as painful as everyone said it would be. They're young, obnoxious and know perfectly well how to ride "excellently", thank you very much.
In spite of the generally obnoxious, know-it-all attitudes that I come across, every now and then I have the pleasure of meeting riders on their first bikes, going through a few seasons with them as they grow into their Ninja 250, and see them continue to improve, build skills. I see them accept the (generally) overly harsh criticisms from all of us on here with humility and an open mind and put the time into track days and longer rides.
They listen quietly to every piece of advice they are given and start to shine. At this point I'm glad I invested the time and energy into riding with them.
I was thinking about this when I got a PM from a newbie who was given the usual dose of BCSB love. The advice was sound, the pointers were valid, the tips and techniques were good but the delivery was pretty hard and the feedback was given so publicly that the Newbie felt quite humiliated and under attack.
To the newbies out ther, all I can say is that, if you find yourself under attack for the way you ride, try to be a grownup about it. Listen and don't get all bent out of shape. You are being given feedback that may end up saving your life. The person giving it may very well be an arrogant dickhead, but rise above that and try to hear their underlying concern for your safety.
To the more seasond folks out there that very often wear the "arrogant dickhead" title, keep up the good work! Keep giving as much feedback as you can, most of us will hear it and take it to heart.
Remember, if you can't get through to them with the gentle approach, stop trying and smack them over the head with a verbal baseball bat in front of their friends. Do your best to humiliate them because it's your mission to "fix" them and they'll definitely listen to your advice if you give it as rudely as possible.
To all of you that have helped me to become a better (not much, but I appreciate you had very little to work with) rider, thanks for your time and company
If anyone has tips, ideas or feedback for the rest of us, post up and we'll read around the humourous posts that are sure to be added.