Originally posted by funkylemons
thanks alot bro!..
edit: i know ill get flamed.. every newbie gets flames.. like i said im new.. i don't know much.. i came here to learn before i made mistakes......
keep your chin up. when a newbie asks about anything
that is super fast and radical (i.e. gsx-r, yzf-r1/6, 954, zx9r, ducati, etc.) to start on, we all worry. a lot of newbies are in it for a season. most of us, it's a life long pursuit. look at smitty's profile sometime.
up to ya smitty.
none of us want you to die and none of us want you to have to claim ANYthing on your insurance. sorry, we're very self-protecting.
my suggestion would be to start on a motorcycle that is about 10 years old. riding a motorcycle isn't like driving a car. was your civic your first car? if so, remember trying get used to driving stick? a bike is way harder. you'll probably drop it (though the msf course helps in learning the little things). when looking at a bike, picture it on it's side. would you be crushed? if so, choose a different bike.
also if you don't have geico, chances are, most tip-overs will result in the bike being totalled. which means you'll still have a HUGE payment to make just to clear your loan.
there are plenty of cool bikes to be had for WAY less than 10k. you mentioned you were in school still. how about a cbr600f2. it'll do 0-60 in 3.4 second (according to the old cycle magazine) and the 1/4 in just over 12 with any rider. a good rider should run a low-to-mid-11.
or you could really be smart and put away the need for any flash and get a gpz550, gs500, ex500, gs450, gs550, cb400, or any other standard/semi-sportbike. there's a guy on this board, gs500rider, who owned his 500 for years. it was all he ever needed. he used it to tour with, track days, the whole nine-yards. even after 9-10 years with it, he never needed anything more (until track days finally killed it). and i saw him pass MANY people on big bikes with that little thing.
on a side note, i remember this guy who was like 6'2, 260 and he told me over and over again that he was too big for a little bike. he bought a perfect 84 ninja 900. in its day, that thing was a monster. and honestly, it's still VERY fast. he bought it off the original owner, who was older, never dropped it, never beat it, it was perfect.
he dropped it five times before he was in a head-on accident with an escort. keep in mind, that's 5 times in just over a year. it went from perfect to crap in one season. he painted it over the winter and then was hit head-on. my point is, don't be stupid. just buy a smaller bike.
as for gear, buy the best helmet you can afford. protection and comfort are worth more than graphics. a good jacket is a place to start. for boots, if cash is tight, doc marten's, hiking boots and work boots will all work. steel toes aren't the best idea in the world. ankle support is the key. don't skimp on gloves. your hands are so important and easy to injure in an accident. get studded gloves. and buy a top-brand, like held or kobi
. i personally don't like teknic. they should be comfortable and fit fairly snug.
is a good place to start looking for gear.
good luck. and leave to the r1's to those who have to make up for other short