Master At Arms
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Cambridgeshire, UK
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Another point I was thinking about today when riding is that mistakes will inevitably happen and as a new rider you will make more of them. An experienced rider will be able to handle them competently, but a less experienced one, might want a bike where errors of judgement are safer...and cheap enough to repair should it happen and not likely to accidentally over rev in a panic or something easier to handle in a panic. But my knowledge of racing type bikes is next to nil, so I cannot give fair comment or experience on one for that matter.
But I got into the frame of mind, my first bike is the bike I want to learn on, but the second bike is the one I want to ride. I realise going straight to the bike you want can save money, but, there are definitely affordable ways of doing this where you don't loose much money, if that. At least in the UK, Japanese starter bikes like starter Honda and Yamaha in such a demand that if you buy second hand, you're likely to get the same price or similar back. But I don't know how it is for the US (assuming you're from the US, given us non-US are a minority here)
I also understand the itch to ride the bike you want...because I am getting antsy myself, going "I want my next biiiiike, when can I get iiit!" However, our system is: you pass a course (called a CBT), you are allowed to ride upto 125cc and then when you are ready, pass your A1, A2 or Full A License (depending on your age) and then you'll be able to ride a bigger bike, A1 and A2 still have restrictions, however, A is not. So I am restricted legally to a 125 until I am competent enough to pass my full test (as I am over 24, I can jump to an A straight away). In a way, it's a good system and has reduced motorcycle accidents since having been in place. As much as I love my bike, (it is actually a really nice bike to ride, I made a good choice out of a 125), I do wish mine was more powerful for the simple reason, the acceleration and high end speed is lacking. Which is fine for riding in town, as control trumps speed & acceleration, but given I live out in the country, I have to watch people overtake me all the way into town as my bike gradually climbs to speed. :P But in the US, something like a 300 or 500 isn't going to give you that problem and still starter friendly.
Maybe if you are street riding, maybe if you do go for this approach, your first bike could be a street bike to get your confidence on the street and then find a street friendly sport/supersport for when you're ready.
Either way, you'll decide what you want to do and is best for you. But I hope any insight and opinions are helpful in making the right one.
Riding a 2015 Honda CB125F
Last edited by Saefinn; 04-24-2017 at 03:13 PM.