It's no so much being scared as it is a matter of respecting what the bike can do to the rider and itself if it's improperly operated. I have great respect for my Ducati and what it's capable of. That said, I'd never recommend a liter bike for a first one. For a beginner with a sport bike interest, something like a Ninja 650R would be a better choice. It's also a lot cheaper to repair after it's been dropped, something that will happen while learning.