Definatley peer pressure all the way.
I was happy as all hell when i picked up my ninja 250 a few weeks ago. I shared the news with a few coworkers and everyone I talked to was horrified that i did not decide to start out on a larger bike.
One guy would just not let it go, he went on and on about how he bought an 1100 and drove it off the truck bed without a ramp the day he got it. He also told me to only use the back brake, that fronts are dangerous
After i thought things could not get worse, he laughed and commented on how i probably ride around in a full face helmet and a 'power ranger suit' , yeah i do, i got full gear before the bike so i would not be tempted, after all i am only human.
I could write all day with the idiot storys i have gotten at work, A die hard harley guy was telling me that 'picking gravel out of yourself is like a rite of passage' JFC i will just let it go at that, i could bitch all night about those morons.
Oh, the kicker is the both people proclaiming my bike sucks get driven to work by none other than mommy, a sad thing when your over 40
I love riding more and more with every mile on my 250