Check The Setup: Your riding buddy likely has his bike set up just for him. His handlebar and lever positions might feel awkward, his suspension (valving, springs, or the need for a refresh) could be all wrong, and his motor set up and tire choice might prove only that he's better at picking friends than bike mods. Take note of the aftermarket items and maintenance level. If he doesn't mind, mark where his bar and levers are and adjust them to you. This goes a long way toward getting the feel of the bike, not the set up.