Bernd over the road is a good guy.
He's eighty years old and still rides around on his 1200cc BMW like he's twenty.
He also very kindly comes out and trails me around on my L's.
But there's a price to pay:
You see, Bernd calls a spade a shovel:
"You're too timid. Relax. Bend the bike. Let it lead you. Go a bit faster. That was better but you're still too cautious. Don't let the handlebars wobble like that when you do an emergency stop. Don't keep checking that you're in first gear - you don't look confident. SMILE!"
He's just what I need.