so whats the difference in laying down a 120hp bike rather than a 70hp bike? they all go over 100mph... seems like a self control issue.. I mean, if they are going to wreck either way...
HOW MANY TIMES have you heard of someone riding down the road and they just FALL OFF??? That just doesn't happen!!! Common newb crashes are failing to negotiate a corner, 12-o'clocking and falling off the back, target fixation, failing to stop in time, tip overs, etc. But they don't just FALL OFF for no reason while they ride on down the road. That's what gets me about the "all go over 100mph" argument! MOST FATAL ACCIDENTS occur under 30mph! So are we going to start lumping mopeds into the new "all go over 30mph" argument???????
You people that go around telling newbs to go ahead any get that 600, 750, 1000cc supersport are going to end up responsible for killing someone.
They are asking because they are unsure, BUT EVERY kid wants a sport bike! And it doesn't take MUCH to talk them into it.
I have known people, PERSONALLY KNOWN PEOPLE who friggen DIED because they wouldn't LISTEN and bought that sport bike ANYWAY. And let me tell you, it SUUUUUCKS to loss a best friend of 20+ years because they HAD TO HAVE that sportbike.
I have in the past recommended a Bandit 1200 to many people as a first bike. It's got a lot of motor, but it's tame and it inspires confidence. But, at the same time, there are only 2 bikes out there that will accelerate faster from 0-60, the 'Busa, and the new ZZR1400. Bone stock, the Bandit will run 0-60 in 2.6 seconds. That's close to a second faster than most supersport 600's. A common newb mistake is accidentally rolling on the throttle MORE during acceleration. The g's pull them back, and as they are pulled back, they roll on more throttle, and more and more, till it's pinned. You've all seen it, some of you have done it.
Beyond that, however, there's not a lot a newb can do to get themselves in trouble on a Bandit. It's got one of the best all-around chassis ever made, it holds its line, it's easy to ride, and most importantly, it is sure footed.
Now, lets stick that newb on a gixxer 750. It's a quirky, unstable, ill-mannered beast of a machine that would sooner kill you than have you on its back. I am one hell of a good rider with years of racing experience, and EVEN I don't climb on the back of a GSXR without the full realization that if there was EVER a bike that would put me 6' under, THIS IS IT! There is so much to work out in your mind when you learn to ride. Body positioning, clutch work, shifting, braking, counter-steering (totally counter-intuitive), and more. And the whole while you are wrestling with a barely contained mach 5 rocket that wants to go in every direction but a straight line!
IMHO, telling a new rider to go ahead and get that sport bike, just take it easy and go slow, is irresponsible, irrational, and one of the most ignorant un-informed statements ever to grace the motorcycle world. You might as well say, "Here, I've got a 44 magnum. Put it to your head and pull the trigger........ as long as you pull it SLOWLY, you'll be fiiiiiiiine."