One warning, however: There are other reasons to take it easy on a new bike. One is discussed in this issue’s “Street Survival” column. You are more likely to crash on a new bike than on an old familiar one. As testers, our job requires us to constantly adjust to new bikes, so we tend to forget that most riders will need an adaptation period. Each bike demands a slightly different hand on the brakes, more or less pressure to steer, responds differently to throttle in a corner, and has its own power characteristics. You need to become intimate with all those idiosyncrasies, especially the ones you don’t like. For example, if your new bike seems hard to control under full-goose braking, you need to practice hard braking until you feel right at home.