Originally posted by Tristan
Finding riders that started on a big bike will not be hard, but finding one that'll admit it was a bad idea will be!
For those who won't admit it, let me say this. My observations of the few (10 or so) I know who did is that they have had multiple wrecks in a relatively short period of time. Most got away with it with little more than some road rash and/or some relatively minor broken bones. This soured about half of them on riding at all, so they quit. One on a 750 hit a car and spent the better part of a year getting operations and in rehab. His one leg won't ever be completely O.K. but his limp is hardly noticeable. He now has an R-1 and one year later has wrecked it about four more times that I'm aware of but solo, two of them losing wheelies and two from overpowering the rear wheel in a slow corner. He will explain to you how "you couldn't do anything about it" (1 cold tires
and 2, raining). Another one on a 'Busa dismembered himself and took out his inexperienced buddy on a 929 while doing it. The buddy spent 6 weeks in the hospital and about six months recovering as much as he will, while the dismembered one wasn't NEARLY as lucky. Nice service though.
In the next category, much larger, is those who had a 600 or so and "outgrew" it in a few months or a year, with 3000 or fewer miles experience. That group wrecks pretty good. too.
Now that I think about it, I don't know one person who started on a 600 or better that hasn't had some kind of accident, however minor. I can think of only two people who started on smaller bikes who haven't wrecked ever. One was on a 350 Honda back in the early '70's. He put 13,000 miles on it in one year and then moved up to a 750 Honda (about 50 HP vs. about 95 HP for most new 600's). He quit riding after about one more year due to an overbearing woman that he married and later divorced. The other one was my sister who started on a 175 back then. She still rides about 30 years later but was never too crazy.
Myself, 32 years now, haven't wrecked in about 28 years. I didn't wreck my first bike, but did my 750 Honda. That's the bike that I really searched for the limits on... and found... about 7 times.
My daughter just started this past summer on an EX-500. After about 1500 miles she had her first minor crash. Due to proper gear, she received only a very minor bruise on her leg, bike about $3000.00 damage.
Is that enough?
I CAN keep going!
BTW, the EX-500 should be on your short list of good starter bikes.