There should be no 'IF'
I know this question crops up often but bear with me please.
Im in the market for my first bike and am really not sure what to get. A friend of mind got himself an CBR600RR and he advises me to go along the same lines. If i did the MSF course and took it reeeal slow for the first few months is it still a bad idea??
If so, what sorta bike should i look into....The Ninja 500 seems to get punted quite a lot.....what about bikes like the ZZR 400, FZR 400 or suzuki RF?? Are these bikes still too much for me??
thanks for your patience
First there should be no 'IF I did the MSF...' . As a first time rider you need every advantage to become a sucessful rider. I took the MSF course with 36 years of experience riding and learned some things I did not know. You should consider the MSF a mandatory
step. The MSF course makes it easier to get your driving competency test out of the way in the class in most states. It can provide you with up to a 10% insurance discount. At what I suspect your age to be AND the fact you are a brand new rider that could be significant bucks! If you buy new, some dealers/manufacturers will pay all or part of the class fees!
As far as the specific MC or style you seem to have already limited your choices. Don't buy a MC just because your friend has that one, or that folks here on the forums recommend a specific model or size!
Your MC must fit you correctly. It is the ergonomics of a MC that is the second most important issue in choosing a ride. How well you fit the MC and its controls is paramount to safety, success, and enjoyment of MCing.
Ergonomics on a sportbike is a little different from Cruisers. Ability to reach controls is usually not as much of an issue. But being able to reach the ground with both feet flat when stopped is still very important. Ability to USE
shift, rear foot break brake effectively is very important.
CCs on any MC, to me
, are not of high in importance for the most part. On sports bikes, again to me, it is very unimportant. Most of the sportbikes are engineered and geared to achieve high speeds even in the smaller CC classes. A 600cc Sportbike will out run a 1500 cc cruiser in the short run, hands down! (But like the Tortoise & the Hare... we'll get you in the long haul.)
You may also find the lesser CCs you get may have a significant benefit on your insurance! Perhaps others can comment on that!
The #1 most important factor in MC safety and success is the rider/operator.
If you are not experienced with a clutch, a sportbike IS NO
T the place to learn. Try to get a standard or cruiser bike to learn on. If you can't use a Standard style MC to learn and practice on... Use a manual transmission car to learn how to operate/coordinate a clutch and throttle. The principle is the same!
Learning clutch basics in a car is much less intimidating!!!
I think especially on sportbikes rider maturity, self control, restraint are key to your safety as well as that of other road users.
I think in very general terms, my OPINION
is that these type MC are more appealing and more widely ridden by very young people. I know in my youth I thought I was 'mature', thought I had it all under control. But the fact is that I was extremely responsive to and negatively influenced by peer influences. I was infact dumb as a brick!!! I did many things that I now enjoy telling funny stories about, but privately puzzle over my survival.
Good luck choosing you new MC! I hope it will provide much enjoyment and satisfaction.
Ride safe & long,