You are petty young to be looking at such bikes. I fully agree with cookee & his post. You need to be a DRIVER of a cage first before you step into the world of m/cing which is so different. Being a passenger in a car is one thing though being a driver of car is so different & you will soon realize the world out there amongst cages is dangerous SO even more so when it comes to the m/c world.
I fear your parents & stepdad do not realize what powerful bikes you have in mind. Any four cylinder sportbike is a replica of a road racing bike which means a very, very picky engine with very steep fork rake plus dramatic stopping power. A slight error on such a bike & you will have hit the pavement hard. Rebuilding the bike, if possibly, is overly costly & often half the price of a NEW bike.
Looking at the parallel 650cc twin is really like the second step to someone that put in a season riding a 500cc parallel twin by Suzy or Kwacker for this bike has good pull at lower RMP, but 80hp is a bit to much. The 500s offer 50hp & darn fast when the stop light turns green---faster then most cages on line & will scoot you up to 100mph without sweat.
Insurance is another thing & believe me it is costly & even more so when you obtain a sportbike for the insurance people charge big dollars knowing it is a sportbike & even dropped at almost nil speeds it is costly to replace broken parts In fact I had studied the price of some sportbikes that have gone down at city speed limits & it costs around $1,400.00 while going down at highway speeds is around half he price of a new bike unless you can do all the work yourself & have the maze of tools needed--though if the frame is damaged, in either case, the bike is TOTALLED according to the insurance people.
Untill you are 25 yrs of age you will be paying through the nose ESPECIALLY if you have a sportbike. Toss in the cost of protective riding gear & things will start to become costly.
True when 16 yrs of age I was driving an old '36 Chev panel truck & also riding an Indian SportScout 45SV & a Harley 45SV. Note these could punch out 25hp if all was perfect which is only half of the 500cc bikes I have mentioned & the 650cc is with a maze of power while the 600cc four was never even dreamed of back in 1946.
Yet by '47 I was into flat tracking & dirt hill climbing & before the season was over I had an Expert License on both. Many other forms of competition by '48.
So take your time & learn more of what the world of m/cing is like plus become accustom to the world of driving a cage.
Last edited by Smitty; 07-21-2007 at 05:33 PM.