PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2006 3:27 am Post subject:
I agree. Your points are very valid and thats what i am trying to say. People who give their opinion based on riding experience is a good thing but anybody that says "dont buy a bigger bike because its stupid to do so and anybody that tells you to do so is a moron"..is just an a$$onine statement and has no merit. I know a lot of people who started on busa's.or 1800 X's...haha..Good idea? of course not, however they did not kill themselves..noobs should understand the commitment and the time it takes for a new bike and that X10 for a bigger bike..not "i didnt get a big bike to start with, so what makes you think you can do better than me, mentality" that some of these posts come off as. I don't know, maybe its just me?. I too always suggest a smaller bike but it all depends on the variables..if somebody is pushing 300lbs and they want a bike..im not going to suggest a 250cc rebel..its a waste of time, money and effort. It's just as easy to learn on a 600-800cc cruiser than a 250..its all about time and patience not the size of a engine..If you go out and buy a truck you dont go get the smallest engine you can because its your first truck, you get what best works for your needs and you start off slow with your new vehicle until you get to learn it.
Anyhow, thanks for not turning this into a stupid internet bish fest. One of the many things i enjoy about this site is that "adults" can conversate on an issue without getting childish if they are opposing opinions.
Well, when I tell people not to go over 500cc, I'm usually talking to the people who want sport bikes. It's the same as cars, how many people think it's a good idea to learn how to drive a car in a Ferrari? When I started to learn how to drive, I almost bought an old Camaro IROC-Z, which is a 5.7 liter V8. My cousin told me that was a bad idea, because of the shear power of the it, and I could easily make a mistake, hit the gas, and hit a tree. Now, my current bike ('82 Nighthawk 450) can accelerate much faster than that Camaro. So if it's not a good idea to start off on a car that fast, than just starting out a 450 is dangerous, but not nearly as dangerous as an R6 or R1.
I think the reason most people want to start out on those bikes, is because they don't really understand how much power they have (at least not compared to something they understand, like a car). And they don't understand that even the "small" bikes are very fast (I'm talking over 250cc here, not those little 125s we used in the MSF class).