Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Aurora, CO USA 80013
A GS-500F or Ninja 500R would be great starter bikes. I am sure that everyone here will agree. Although, I think you can plan on putting more than 1000-2000 miles on it before upgrading. If you ride a lot, it's not hard to put 8000+ miles on in a year.
Now, as for getting this to fly with your folks, I've got no advice for you on that.
I started riding on the street when I was 14. (In Italy, where I learned, you can ride 50cc bikes at that age) I had the blessing of my parents though. In fact, they bought me my first bike as a Christmas gift.
"Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life son." - Vernon Wormer.- Dean, Faber College.