Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Terrible Hole, IN
I started on a brand new 2000 CBR600 F4. I got my permit two days before buying the bike. I had to have one of my buddies ride it home for me, and once home it took me about 20 minutes to teach myself how everything worked. After about a week or two I was riding comfortably around town (Indianapolis) and by the end of the month I was venturing out onto Interstates and getting more and more comfortable. You don't necessarily have to start on a brand new bike, but a 600 is a great size to start on. I never dropped mine, but I am 6'2" and about 200 lbs, so if it ever started to go down I could usually catch it, but that rarely happened. I went with the Honda because after talking to many other Honda owners, it seemed in my opinion that the engineering was a little more solid. Sure it may not be the fastest or anything, but it was easy to ride, reliable, forgiving to beginner mistakes, and it was plenty powerful is i wanted/needed it to be. Most importantly, get a bike you like and are comfortable on, and definitely take a safety course! I wish I had. Just be careful and don't ride outside your comfort level, as most bikes are much more capable than new riders realize, and learn at your own pace.
The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomanical, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully. - Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion