From your words being "--i rode dirtbikes and whatnot a lot when i was younger---" does that mean puttered around in the dirt or honest to gosh dirt competition AND what does "--i was younger-" mean in yrs along with your present age? True sort of more then one question as we like to know a bit more about the rider & his experience---especially the lack of time since last riding.
At one time we use to say the changes in the bikes of 10 yrs ago to now has been dramatic though now it is closer to being five yrs ago to now. So you could be at a dramatic step in time. Besides as one that put in 42 yrs of dirt comp, but also street riding & the making of cafe racers, even to the Jpn line of bikes plus 5 yrs of road racing experience the step to sportbikes was so gradual.
Like Vash says when you start to talk about 600cc & Liter bikes you are talking about a big change. Fact is the step from a dirt bike to a street iron, not a sportbike, is still so different. You do realize from some 30 odd hp with low gearing to 100 to 160hp is like a step from a single engine training aircraft to a fighter jet.
Lastly riding dirt is one thing & riding pavement with a sportbike is SO DIFFERENT in how one handles the bike, the braking & just so much more. TRUE your past experience, limited or with a lot of experience, is going to be a big hand in riding on the pavement even if the bike is a regular riding position or closer to a sportbike like a Suzuki SV-650. though talking about 1000cc sportbikes is far, far from 1300cc Cruiser.
Last edited by Smitty; 12-01-2005 at 06:50 PM.