Good to have you on the board. The more heads the better.
As for a bike, best to read many of the pior posts & you will pick up info. Mind you best to line up taking the MSF Course for they are loaded with ideas of how to stay upright & alive THEN it is up to you to spend time practicing in a parking lot, with no traffic.
Best to go down to a m/c shop & pick up a decent full face helmet at a moderage price, but not the most costly as the latter might be your choice a few yrs later on. The shop should be able to help you out for all our heads are shaped a bit differently.
True the MSF Course people supply the small 125 or 250cc bike to learn on along with a helmet used by so many others, but a helmet like that is like wearing someone elses dirty underware.
After the course you will definately have a better idea as to whay bike you want for week end riding around. Personally I would suggest the 500cc parallel twins offered by Suzuki & Kawasaki for they are not to costly, almost trouble free, gives you a normal upright riding position, have fast take-off like faster then most cages at a stop light section & can scoot you up to around 90mph without any fret. Believe me going 50mph will feel like doing 75mph & doing 75mph will feel like 100mph for you will be hitting the wind & not covered or protected like when driving a cage.
Lastly keep that bike in darn good condion & it will sell at a decent price for so darn many other beginners will be looking for the same.
Also if you do anything wrong to the bike like accidently drop it, leave the chain bone dry, far to low on air pressure of the tyres, & so much more-------it is with your beginner bike this can happen rather then a costly 600cc sportbike as latter is costly in price alone & even more so in said wrong doings as m/cs are not cheap in original cost, parts or when you cannot do something yourself & have to take the bike in for some service even if you have all the metric tools or feel you do till you do not have this special "shop tool" that the m/c shops have.
Last edited by Smitty; 03-04-2008 at 11:12 AM.