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There's two main types of riders out there. You have to decide which you want to be.
Do you think that the people who tell you to start on a small bike just do it because they like to laugh at people riding smaller bikes? or do you think they actually have sound advice? No one wants to sit here and be your mother. The reason they tell new riders to start small is because "we" are sick of coming home, turning on the news, and finding out that another rider just destroyed himself with his brand new Hondamahazukisaki. This causes insurance rates to go up, and generally leaves a bad taste in everyone's mouth about bikers. I'm not saying that if the rider had been riding a smaller bike, he would have survived. Its the FACT that most new riders do NOT have the experience necessary to know the correct way to handle a given situation. Having more power between your legs than you can handle is just asking for trouble.
Starting on a smaller bike levels the learning curve. It allows you to learn as much as YOU want to learn as FAST as you want to learn it. Once you can MAX a smaller bike, you might think about moving up. You will become a better rider because of it. Starting on a bigger bike is possible, but you will greatly stunt your growth. Your learning curve just grew 10x steeper. Its true that a lot of people can start on a 600 and be fine. I know people who have and can ride. Can they ride well? 80% of the time, resounding NO. They don't know how to ride for jack. What they're doing is Surviving. They ride around town but they arent learning anything about becoming a better rider. They're just try to survive, not to ride.
Do people who have started on 600s learn to ride well? Yes, it is possible. Will they become a better rider in the same amount of time as a person who started smaller? No way. Most of the time it would take a 600cc starter a lot longer to learn the same skills that a rider on a 500 would learn. The smaller the CCs, the faster you'll learn. If you started on a 600, and you have Rossi-like skills within a few months, congratulations: you are not the majority.
Think about why you feel you *need* a 600RR to be your first bike. This is you FIRST bike, not your LAST (and please don't make it be). No one needs the power that a 600RR puts out to ride a motorcycle. If you just want to look cool and impress the ladies, reconsider your motorcycling career. Keep your EGO in check, it will save your life someday.
All I hear is respect this, and respect that. Learning is not about respect. When you go to math class, does your teacher tell you to respect the book? Or does he tell you to attack those problem sets and practice practice practice? Also, do you start out with simple mathmatics and work your way up to the harder stuff, or do you automatically jump into nuclear physics /advanced calculus? Learning to ride a motorcycle should be no different from any other type of learning. You never learn by respect. You can get by, but I guarantee you will not pass the exam when it comes time.
So if you want to become a better rider, and have the true wish to RIDE for all that its worth, you will find a smaller bike to be a great investment for your riding career. You can always sell them later for nearly the same price you bought it for. If you want to pose and look cool in front of "teh ladiez", then get whatever you want. Hell, why not get a 'busa.
So whatever you decide, I'll see you in the canyons/track, or I'll see you at Starbucks. Best of luck.
Last edited by Raelol2; 06-15-2007 at 11:07 AM.