Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Terrible Hole, IN
I don't want to contradict ¾ Throttle, but don't let him scare you too much. I am all for starting out on a bike you can handle, and you have to make that call. I myself started riding on a brand new 2000 Honda CBR600F4, and never had one bit of trouble. I never took a safety course and only got my permit 2 days before buying the bike. The point I want to make is, how much control do you have over yourself? I was able to learn to ride just fine by controlling myself while on the bike.
A few pieces of advice though are to go ahead and take the saftey course, I wish I had, and plan to as soon as I can. Also, have you figured riding gear into your budget? At the very least plan on a helmet, gloves and jacket, but get pants and boots in there as soon as you can.
As far as what bike to get...well if you genuinely want to learn to ride well and safely, then I think you would be fine on a 600, but if you have the need for speed and want to go out and crank the throttle wide open the first day then I would suggest getting something smaller that won't kill you if you do that. All the restraint and control you need lies between your brain and your throttle hand, it's up to you to use it properly.
Whatever you decide just do it safely and have fun! There is a ton of good advice on here!
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