After about 15 years of waiting, I am finally on the verge of purchasing/riding my first bike. I've wanted a sport bike since the age of 16. From ages 16-18 my mother was horrified at the thought, and basically forbid me from buying one. From ages 18-30 my then girlfriend-now wife was also horribly against the idea.
Things have changed
We are both now comfortable in our careers and being so, have some extra money to do some of the things we couldn't afford before. She has remodeled the bathroom, began a garden, and took up a couple different cooking classes. I kept all my chips in my stack, not wasting them on a new TV, grill, or video games, hoping to cash them all in for a bike. Well...it worked. We are wanting to start a family soon, so my wife finally "gave me permission" (yes, I am whipped) to start shopping for a bike before we started poppin out little ones.
I have enrolled myself in a local community college's motorcycle riding corse that is both written and practice based. Not only would it hopefully give a complete novice the individual attention of learning how to ride, but would bypass the DMVs requirements (or meet them) to gain my license. I don't know if this is overkill, but don't want to just buy something I have no clue with what I'm doing and try to take off. Has anyone here enrolled in any of these types of courses, and did you feel it was worth it?
The class I will take provides the motorcycles, but after speaking with the instructor the bikes provides are cruisers. From me talking to people who own/ride bikes, and doing my research on the internet, cruisers seem to be the easiest type of bike to ride. I in NO WAY want to own one. I've always dreamed of a sportbike, and don't want to have to settle for anything less. Is the transition of learning/riding on a cruiser to going to a sportbike a smooth one? Should I ask to bring my purchased bike into the class and learn on it?
So now we come to the type of bike. After all the research and studying, I feel the Ninja 250R is by far the best choice for me. They seem economically affordable (if something happens and I trash my 1st bike), and I honestly don't want a bike that is more than I can handle. This seems like a great choice, but I don't know about the size of the bike (no one here sells them locally). I'm a rather large fella, 6'5 255lbs. Would a Ninja (or any sportbike for that matter) be too small for me?
If you read my entire block of text...thank you. Sorry to spill it all out, just eager to start to learn and get on the seat. Any comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.