A new rider will quickly become aware of his comfort zone; otherwise, it may mean a long slide down the highway, feet and tires to the sky. Speed, road conditions, experience, size and power of bike---all of those things affect the way you ride. You will know when you're pushing it beyond your skill level.
"Pushing it" happens for a lot of reasons. Keeping up with your riding partners, whether it be one or an entire group, can be fun, competitive, exciting. Or it can mean a problem for you. When I was learning on the road I always felt most comfortable with someone who took the time to answer my questions and explain why they did certain things. A comfortable partner was aware of my limits and skills, but also knew their own expertise. At first I learned by riding with people who were content to ride a little above my limits, not theirs, so I could learn in my safety zone. I rode highway speeds, steep mountain roads, traffic, and wide-open spaces when I was learning. I knew my riding partners would come to my aide if something happened to me. That was my comfort zone and it gradually evolved into something larger.
If you are a beginning rider, choose your riding partners and groups carefully. Some people are better at riding with a beginner than others; don't worry, you'll catch up to them after you get some hours under your seat.
Last edited by 2wheelsrolling; 11-13-2013 at 04:54 PM.