I dont remember my first bike it was 46 years ago. But as far as getting to know your bike. Its the same with a new car or boat or etc.. I once read that when you get a new car it takes about 500 miles to really get comfortable with it. If you average 50 mph thats 10 hrs. of driving. I not sure if its the same for bikes, boats etc. but its understandable. Thats one good reason not to let other people try your bike. The mistakes are less forgiving than in a car.