There are two sides to making a recommendation to a new or wanabe rider.
The poster needs to provide personal information and traits. Age, height, weight, prefered style of MC, budget, and how they expect to use the MC once they have the basic technique and mechanics of riding behind them.
Members responding have the responsibility to consider all that info before making any comment! Respondents are dealing with the health and potentially influencing the well being of a new rider with their advice!!!!
I have seen far to often on these forums advice given based on nothing more than 'I have this MC so should you!' Or generic advice just because of a person's percieved newbie status '250 cc Rebels are great beginner MCs'. Or most dangerous is the newer rider that thinks he is knowledgeable enough and expert enough to make any recommendations just because he has not gone down in his two month riding career.
When making a suggestion to a newbie I consider and promote the ergonomics of rider/MC first.
Second I consider the rider age, and make some assumptions based on the age and the context of his posting question. If he says 'I want to go fast', or conversely 'I don't want to do 90 mph...' that will influence my comments and suggestions. It is a judgement call on my part to try to assess his maturity and self control. I remember all to well how I was at 14-16 yrs old,never backed off a dare or challenge, and felt I was so cool and indestructable. I probably would not give a teenager the same advice I would a 40 yr old first time rider.
Considering his budget is next on my list. It is important to remind the requestor of the full cost of MCing! Equipment, insurance, training courses, helmet, etc. not just the purchase cost.
CCs are not high on my list of criteria for MC selection!!! I don't put a 5'2" rider on a 28-29" high seat of a 900 lb Mc no matter what the CCs. Ergonomics is the #2 most important consideration! The rider maturity, personality, and such are the #1 most important issue.
Not to fault any of our members, all mean well in giving advice. But often I see one liners that obviously did not consider all the pertinent facts needed to make a reasonable, rational experienced based recommendation that leads to a SAFE, successful, thoughtful choice of MC by a newbie.
I think there is an obligation on our part to try to assure that a persons first MCing experience is as enjoyable, safe, and successful by considering carefully any advice we provide.
Ride safe & long,