Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Aurora, CO USA 80013
Well, I won't tell you that riding motorcycles is safe. Because it isn't. However, I can guarantee you that it will be one of the most exhilarating things you will ever do.
As you've outlined in your post, you can manage that risk to some extent by buying the appropriate riding gear and starting out with a manageable first bike- like the Ninja 250 you mentioned. But the fact remains, you are still at the mercy of other people (car drivers) to some extent.
You should always have some degree of fear when riding. It keeps you grounded and alert. It's hard to explain, but after you've been riding for a long time it's not really a conscious fear that you are actively thinking about all the time, it's more something that is in the back of your mind- a subconscious awareness. It's hard to explain, sorry I can't really describe it that well.
I agree with the previous post that you owe it to yourself to give it a try. But after a while, if you still find the fear overwhelming your sense of joy, then motorcycling isn't for you. And if it comes to that, you can easily sell the 250 for just a little less than you bought it for and take pride in having attempted it.
"Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life son." - Vernon Wormer.- Dean, Faber College.