While Dan still gets my worthless vote for emperor of america, I think that article is abit over the top.
1. Whats the guys deal against sportbikes? Good for nothing but the track? Cant commute? Please I've done over 800mi/day on mine and I remember several cruiser buddies begging for a rest couse their arms were going numb. But I'll forgive the guy this point.
2. I am a big proponent of a starter bike. Not starter bikes. IMO the avrg newbe needs a season on something that isnt a race replica. In all honesty one crash (not severe) during that season does wonders. After that most people either figure out that riding isnt for them, or are ready for a full on sport bike if their heart so desires. 125's are great for the msg course, but there is no reason to get one of them, than sell it and get a 250, so that you can than trade it up to a 500. Really, thats way over the top. The GS500 or the EX500 is a fine starter bike. Sure they go 100mph and thats plenty fast to get into trouble. But starter bikes are not a cure for stupidity, just lack of expirience.
My first bike was a 750zephyr, which is a UJM looking standart/cruiser. It would do 120 if you tuck in just right and get some tail wind. It was the first bike I ever rode, and it terrified me when it came time to turn it. It weighed somewhere around 550lbs, and one person could definetly pick it up. Which does bring up a valid point. If you cant pick up your motorcycle, you shouldnt be riding it.
Last edited by Vash; 05-19-2005 at 11:50 AM.