At 140lbs you are actually really light so you will go very fast on almost anything.
The reason people recommend the 250r is these reasons:
- It makes learning easier (it still isn't that easy) and much more fun.
- The bike is light enough to learn the basic skills very well.
- It has an extremely high resale value. People often buy a used 250r and can make money when they resell it. This may change with the 2008, definitely get the 2008 because of the killer styling.
If you really want to have a lot more power than you can handle as a beginner, the 650r or SV650 is good choice like others mentioned.
The reasons they don't recommend SuperSports are the following:
- These are bikes made for people with many years riding experience. They have touchy clutches, much more torque, worse low-speed maneuvarability. A simple novice error made in shifting and throttle can kill you very quickly on one of these things.
- They are very expensive to repair and beginner's always drop the bikes. So you are pretty much guaranteed to lose quite a lot of money by purchasing and learning on a very expensive bike.
- New, young riders, on SuperSports tend to die a lot on them. A young, new rider on a SuperSport is the highest possible motorcycle risk category. This roughly means you will have a 5% chance of dying and a 25% chance of injury requiring hospitalization in your first year learning on one.
So ... it's really up to you.
Smartest Choice (Most Fun/Lowest Risk):
Go with an easier to control bike, take MSF, get all the right gear, and take your first year SLOW until you build up perfect skills, control, balance, traction understanding, cornering/center of mass management, and most importantly traffic awareness.
Highest Risk: Be a new rider, hop on a SuperSport, and run out into traffic.
Last edited by packtec; 12-03-2007 at 02:28 AM.