There is nothing wrong with pushing your self. Just do it reasonably. If we did not push our ability we would not get any better just more confident it what we can do. Just like it dose not hurt to grab a foot board or 2 in a curve so that you know what it is and feels like so you don't freak out and lift the bike up and off the road but that will come later. You have to learn what you can handle before you learn what your bike can handle. I have been riding for about 9 years now and I keep learning stuff all the time. You just have to keep your mind open to good advise and keep a realistic view of your abilities.
1985 Honda Nighthawk 650 (First Bike)
2004 Vulcan 1500 Classic (First Big Bike)
2007 Vulcan 1600 Meanstreak (Love Affair)
1999 Yamaha 1100 V-Star Custom (Right Price at the Time)
2008 V2K Classic (Favorite Vulcan)
2014 HD Ultra Limited (Bells and Whistles)
Who would have thought I would grow up to become "Spatially Educated" and play Connect-the-Dots for a living.