Originally posted by JOSEPHLB
I bought my new 2002 F4I on June 14, 2002 for $7,599.00
The As for the F4I being your first bike.... It depends on your comfort level and maturity level.
I've never rode.. no dirtbike, 4 wheeler experience at all. I'm 27 years old, with a clean driving record, so my willingness to hold back, and not doing stupid $hit plays a big part in my having right under 1000 smooth, accident free miles on my new F4I.
First day was spent in a big parking lot in first gear, learning how the bike handled, the controls, body positioning, and other various basic skills.
If you get the F4I, or any 600 class sportbike.. LEARN the bike, and learn it well..... One mishap, or too much twist of the wrist, and if you're not 100% attentive.. this baby will throw you right off, and not think twice about it...
Just my two cents
Allow me to try and shed some light on this subect, and why I believe a smaller bike is better to learn on..
1...Cheaper..hence you have a fear of dropping a 4k bike as opossed to a 8k bike.
2...the smaller(250-500cc0 is much lighter, thus easier to handle..and after the first few rides..of getting over the fear/nervous factor..this is a blessing in your learning curve.
3...Less power=much more USER friendly..once again there's that word..fear..as in I hope I don't give this bike to much gas, and crash..With a smaller motor, your apt to take to the bike much quicker, thus your learning curve will vastly be greater, IMHO than a new rider that starts on a 600, or 750...
Oh, and mistakes..what if ya did give it too much gas..? well, say you have a 50hp. bike compared to a 100 hp. bike, which would you rather make the mistake on..I'd choose the 50hp. bike any day..
4...Which bike do you feel better on..? Lets suppose you snag a 100hp. 600 for your 1st. bike, lets say that you'ev never riden, or have very little experience..Let's also say that, your a tad nervous riding that 600 for the first 1000 miles..and IF your Honest..most new riders are..So that 1000 miles it took for you to get..semi comfy on the bike..K? There could be exceptions to this..but I'd hazzard a guess the # would be very small..Now put that same person on a 250, or 500 ninja/GS..and I'll bet ya any amount of $$$ that it doesn't take that 1000 miles to get comfy..in effect..the 600 rider wasted IMHO lots of miles, just to get sorta use to the bike..so what happened.? The 600 slowed the learning curve..
5...It's much more fun to ride a slow bike fast, than to ride a fast bike slow..This doesn;t ,mean racing all over town, this means to be able to ride a given bike w/o a ton of fear, respect YES..and to be comfy on the bike, and IMHO, this happens much faster when learning on a smaller bike..ever wonder why most, if not all the pro's started on 50-80cc bikes, yep, cause they were little kids, but...I'll bet lots of em..rode those 50-80cc bikes for a long time..why? cause ya can throw em around, there's absolutly no fear factor..so you tend to try things on those bikes, you might not try on a more powerful bike, why.? because of the fear factor..more power=more speed, the faster ya go, the more pain you can induce, possibly..
6...Fun..it's so much more fun to ride a smaller bike, heck..there are guys that would embarass some of you in the twisties, or on a track..yep, the guys/gals that ride 250's..and your on your 600/750, and this little 250, just comes flyin by ya..on the outside..
7...LOOKS...I really wish the manufactures would make a slick lookin 250/500...I'd be willing to bet, a bunch of ya want a 600..or bigger, because of the looks..? All I can say is, try to make this the LAST priority when choosing a first bike.
8...We'd like to see ya around for the next 25 yrs...so many new riders get hurt, or worse, due to inexperience..as in panic situations..just read any of the m/c boards..there's a bunch of em...I wa going into a turn too hot, so I slammed on my rear brake...and the bike slid out from under me..when in reality, the turn prolly could have been made, if ya didn't panic..because you were prolly going to fast, but if ya had that 250/500 that may not have happened..this is just an example..
I'm not very good at exspessing my thoughts and views via my key board..so there may be errors...
Ride safe ...and Practice anything, that's not second nature to ya..
Oh..,and sorry for the long rant..