Re: First bike... need help from local bikers.
[quote author=sdemo45 link=topic=185803.msg3924541#msg3924541 date=1296779178]
and so what if you sell it the same year or the year after? there will always be a market for beginner bikes. experience on a bike and NOT DYING is better than crashing some high-powered bike that you cant handle. I'll start linking motorcycle forum stickies if you STILL disagree.
Do you ride? What was your first street bike? Mine was a gsx 600 katana best bike ever to learn on. Then I had an fzr600 a cbr900rr now I am on a cruiser because long rides suck on a crotch rocket.
We can agree to dissagree (so don't bother). 250-500 cc bikes are underpowered for an adult male and are dogs at highway speeds (70+). Also if you respect the bike you won't kill yourself (a cager might!).
The sport touring bikes I listed also are de-tuned in relation to anthing with an "R" or "RR" after it. They have a better (lower) seat height (flat foot [both feet] stops), the pussy pegs are longer and are all in all more comfortable to ride until you get use to the dynamics of a bike. You also won't stand one on the back wheel even if you gun it. The riding position is better on a cruiser/sport touring for first time riders but he has to make that choice.
Most motorcyle injuries/fatalities are proven to be caused by automotive drivers opposed to motorcylists being stupid. For every jack wad splitting lanes/wheelies there are 2,000 people texting while driving. You hit a car oh no fender damage, you hit a bike you make a car-bike-car sandwich or send the guy up over your hood. Been there done that with the standard "Is he alive I didn't see him!!!" She rear ended me at 45 mph there were 10ft of skid marks from her car befor she hit me. I was at a dead stop. Again full joe rocket armor, shoei helmet, boots, gloves=no road rash or brain bucket.
It has been proven that most non-motorcyclist can't get a depth perception of a single lamp and they will judge stopping distance by the car in front of the bike. That is why you are supposed to ride staggered. Almost every motorcylist in a car will protect the rear of a cyclist on the road just for that reason. And THEY WILL focus on that single tail light.
Any real motorcyclist also calls the dumb asses that wheelie and split lanes "organ doners" again for every jack wad there are 1000+ riders who just love the sport, the freedom and respect the road and the bike. When you drive your 3 do you like be classified with the little tuner civics splitting lanes and cutting people off in heavy traffic just because you drive a sport compact.