I've been riding for more than a few seasons and I'm still on a mini 'ceptor (500cc). They're (<600cc) cheap to own and operate and you don't freak when you drop it (a likely event, unfortunately).
Dragging knee is for the track, and dragging tail is for the lot. --Kane Friesen
When you're in a car, you're watching a movie; when you're on a bike, you're in the movie. --Robert Pirsig
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