no offense Zen, but it really did sound like you knew absolutely nothing about bikes on previous hand. and it's a good thing that you decided to ask for advice here, many don't and purchase R1. if they survive on that bike, you'll know still they're not very good riders. you should still do a little more research about bikes, take MSF, and pick up one of the newbie-friendly bikes to start with. it'll pay off dividends when you buy R6 or R1. don't mock, because the sport is serious as well as fun, and so some of us choose to present it with tough love. you could be hanging off at one moment, or lying dead on the next. because many newbs don't listen, pick up a literbike or Hayabusa, fuk themselves over, they never return to the sport (good thing), but they hike up rest of our insurance on the process (bad thing). in the end, it's your choice, but I don't think decious was out of line making his comment.