My 2003 7R is my first sportbike after having ridden cruisers for my first few years of riding. To be honest, when I first drove it off the lot I thought I had made a huge mistake and was over my head. However, after a week of getting used to the control positions, riding posture, and power of the "new" style of bike, it was no problem at all. The ZX7Rs are a bit heavy from what I've read, but as a first sportbike it has plenty of power and is very forgiving. Good luck and have fun.