Originally Posted by efrah62
thanks S3aturnR, i rode my buddies r6 a couple of times and loved it! Yes a newb but pretty damn sure i can handle it, also not really scared of much. Have a friend that bought a cbr1000rr as his first bike and learned on it.
here's the deal; i come off as a giant asshole when talking about newbies and sport bikes. but, i don't want anything other than to help a new rider make a smart decision. something that i wish someone had done for me.
that said, there's nothing you can say that will convince me that a super sport is a good starter bike for a new rider. nothing.
just for reference, i started on a super sport (98 kawi zx-9r). what did i learn on it? fear. blind fear.
i'm, generally speaking, one of those people that can just figure things out on my own. i'm coordinated, intelligent and used to making split-second decisions. i also came from an auto-racing background. i figured, "how hard could this be?"
all i can say now is that i had no idea. no idea at all what i was getting myself into. all of my intellect and "natural ability" didn't help worth a shit.
it was only after i started getting proper instruction on a closed-course that i even scratched the surface of what there is to learn about riding a sport bike.
now, i look back and think 2 things;
1) why did nobody warn me about starting on such an inappropriate bike?
2) how the hell did i not die on that thing?
i went from, "i got this. i'm young, strong, capable and play sports at a collegiate, semi-pro and professional level. i'm definitely coordinated enough to do this."
to "OMG, i was seriously lucky to get out of that alive."
i really really really want you to, one day, have and ride a super sport bike of your very own. i also really really really want you to be able to do that 20 years down the road.
be safe. make a smart choice. learn. seek advice and assistance from experienced riders. weigh the value of their advice against their experience.
this is what i would have wanted an experienced rider to say to me...