First off, howdy! I just found this forum (unfortunately AFTER I bought my bike) and it looks like a great resource.
I just turned 30, and with the reflection that goes along with that, I decided I should chase my lifelong dream of having a motorcycle of my own. My Dad always had bikes I messed around with when I was growing up, so I'm not unfamiliar with how they work. He was into Harleys, however, and my taste was more with sportbikes.
I shopped around at a variety of dealers near me and read a bunch of magazine articles and decided on a spankin' new lime-green ZX-6R. Now that I've discovered this forum, I realize that choosing this as my first bike likely makes me a horrible monster
However, I'm going to make the best of it. I definitely have respect for what the bike can do. I have full protective gear and would never get on the bike without it. I live in an area that has notoriously dangerous traffic (the Tampa Bay area), and I understand and respect what could happen if I go messing around in it. I've signed up for an MSF class in August, and until then, I have no intention of spending any time in much traffic around here. I don't really have any interest in doing wheelies or anything like that, and doing 100 on the interstate would probably scare me more than thrill me. So why did I get such a bike? For stupid reasons. It was beautiful and fit my body like a glove. For some reason I like knowing I have all that power, even though I'll likely use it rarely if ever.
Now that I've exposed my stupidity, does anyone have any tips for someone in my shoes? I have the rest of my life to ride, so I really want to take my time and build good habits. I appreciate in advance any advice, and thanks for not laughing at me too much!