I was at a motorcycle place today was looking at a bike when a salesman came up with a customer looking at the same bike. It was a Honda CBR 954, I was just admiring it. The guy/kid was interested in getting it, when the salesman asked if he ever rode.
He quietly said 'No'.
I just looked at him, and the salesman tried to tell him to at least take the MSF course and perhaps start smaller. The guy/kid looked at the salesman unconvinced, I chimed in that the class was a lot of fun, and worth every penny. He asked me a few questions which I answered, I then pointed out that it made getting your license easier, NOT A PERMIT, but your license. The salesman heartily agreed.
Then the guy/kid looked at the bike again, the salesman tried to show some other bikes, a smaller bike & a Super Hawk that was sweet. And the guy dipped. I kinda felt like I cost the sales guy a sale, but he thanked me for backing him up on the MSF course. The salesman said he could sell him the bike, but if something happened to him it would bother his conscience.
A salesman said this, I've talked to him before and always thought he was cool. This made me think more highly of him. The guy/kid may have been disappointed, but later he may appreciate such a salesman.
Some people just don't want to hear they may need to take things in steps. It's nice to have people like that salesman, and people here on the boards willing to offer such advice, without beating anyone over the head.