OK, I will probably get slammed hard for this, but it has been something that has been bothering me for a while now. Firstly, I am a new rider. I am not a kid. Let's just say that Megson Fitzpatrick could have insured me at least 10 years ago. Anyway, I am troubled with some of the advice I have read, not just here on this site, but many sites. What bothers me is the advice to new riders that a) "you WILL drop your bike", and b) "you WILL go down/crash". Well, maybe I will drop my bike, but that will most likely happen because I wasn't paying attention, or I did something stupid. As far as point #2 goes, I believe I will not go down. I have had the training, I continue to practice defensive riding every second I am on the bike, and I try not to go beyond my limits. Why do people insist on telling new riders that they will most certainly go down? Talk about negative thinking... I can't see how that would help anybody progress from the first ride on a new bike, to self confidence in traffic as well as the curves. How many people have not dropped their bike, and how many people have not gone down? Perhaps we should all try to advise/educate everyone on the skills, thoughts, and ideas that would prevent us from going down. Perhaps I am way out in left field here, but telling me I WILL go down just doesn't help me one little bit. Why don't you tell me how to avoid the one person who forgot to check their mirror before changing lanes, or the big truck that pulls out in front of me because they are looking for something on 4 wheels instead of two? i could ramble on, but I think positive advice goes much farther than negative advice. Don't forget, everyone was a newbie at one point. anyway, that's my ramble for today. I still think this is a pretty good site with a lot of great info. thanks for listening.