And congrats on your 500R, that's a great machine- and I like the styling of the new ones a lot. Wickliffe, eh? We should get together for a ride sometime.
I'm sorry Noreaster- but when I read you wanted to get a 929 because it's not quite the step an R1 or ZX-12 is- I almost fell off my chair.
The thing that gets me is that newbies read through the mags and think that the testers notes and results would actually apply to them personally. What seems to get lost somewhere is that when a magazine says something like "well, the R1 is faster than the 929" or "we like the 929 'cause it's more comfortable" that's completely useless info to you, the aspiring rider. No offense, but you'd most likely crap your pants and possibly lose control the first time you rocked the throttle back on even the most sedate 600cc sportbike. The power is like a drug for a lot of these kids who go out and just destroy themselves and their new toys. Rug Burn is so right- drive a freakin' car before you even think about throwing a leg over a bike. Driving a car is one thing- but the skill and constant effort it takes to ride a bike is something else entirely. Yes- take the MSF classes- they are great tools, but they won't make you invincible.
Do you guys even have a clue as to just how fast these bikes really are? I mean have you envisioned how exactly you get a motorcycle to turn at speed? Just turn the bars, right? Or hang your knee off the side-that'll do it- right? And why would you even want to part with TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS -not mention the insane insurance premium- for a motorcycle you'll more than likely to drop in your driveway?! I'm sure you'll try to be careful- but [email protected]
And you know you'll have to show off a bit for your cronies- admit it, you will... and that's where you can get yourself hurt- and fast.
You say you're not even close to being a squid- but you're halfway there already!
Look- I'm not trying to be a d*!k- and I'm not trying to discourage you. But believe it or not, there are some of us that have been there, done that. Don't take it personally- if you go about entering the world of motorcycling the right way, you'll probably do just fine. Just ditch the Ricky Racer fantasies for now, and leave the 929's, R1's and ZX-12's to the pictures on your wall. Save your money, buy some good protective gear, take the MSF course, and start shopping for a 250 or 500 Ninja like these other guys.
I could never sell motorcycles. If some high school kid wandered in and handed me his money for a 929RR as his first ride, I'd quit my job before I sold it to him. Sheesh!
[This message has been edited by Hurricane (edited July 29, 2000).]