Originally posted by maxwell24fan
I'm diligently saving my pennies so I can purchase my first bike. I've definitely settled on a sport bike (obviously) but the question remains, which one? I really like the looks of the early to mid 1990's Katanas since they are pretty sporty without being one of those mindbenders like a GSXR or R6/R1. The 600cc class seems to be enough bike that I could be content with the one bike for the indeterminate future, but not so much bike that I'll have road rash on my butt twice a month from having it take off and leave me hanging in mid air i.e. Wiley Coyote. But of course, I'm a newbie to bikes so there are bound to be tons of things I'm not taking into consideration and don't even realize I'm missing them. Help me out here folks; what am I failing to take into account that would be an important part of a really sound buying decision?
First thing that you need to do is take the MSF course..they can be booked up, so contact them and sign up..they will teach you alot about riding, and how to stay OUT of trouble on the road..
Second..you'll need the proper gear, consisting of a good quality helmet, a good riding leather jacket, and hopefuly pants, good riding gloves, and boots that are made for riding..i.e. not work boots..
Now comes the subject of what bike to get..?? For your first bike, and as you've stated..a used one would be the way to go, and YES a Katana would be fine, also a 500 ninja would be good too..or a older cbr f2,..try not to get so caught up with the looks of the bike..more than likely..at some time down the road, you'll prolly get another one..
This is just my humble opinion..but...I, and others are of the mind that you'll learn more, learn faster, and develop better skillz starting out on a smaller bike..like a 250 ninja, a GS500..ect..these bikes aren't as much a handful as most of the "sportbikes" so the are much more user friendly, easier to handle, and allow YOU to gain more confidence earlier on..also learning on a smaller bike, teaches you things that are almost imposible to learn on a larger bike, and the aprt you'll need to be concerned with is...what happens in a panic situation..? that's where the smaller bike makes life a bit easier on you, as they are lighter, and much easier to control, in fact..in some countries, your required to start on smaller bikes, then you can graduate to a larger one after you complete yet another driving test..to bad it's not that way here..
Anyway, I hope this gives you some insight, regarding a choice in buying a bike, good luck..and have fun, but ride safe..