Disclaimer: I know nothing about motorcycles. So OzMac and Edvin (and other bike enthusiasts), feel free to chime in.
My friend Ali just got his motorcycle license and bought his first bike, this 1985 Suzuki Intruder. This morning, he showed me the throttle, how to operate the front and rear brakes, the clutch, and the gear shifter. Apparently, the rear wheel on this bike is shaft driven, as opposed to chain driven. He's dropped it a couple of times at stops/low speeds but is quickly building confidence. I told him to have fun and be safe.