There are some good stickie threads in the New Riders forums, so check those out. They should address the right bike question, largely, and you can follow up by checking out the numerous threads in New Riders where that very question is entertained regularly.
Motorcycle Safety Foundation course
Gear (helmet, gloves, boots, jacket minimum)
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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