Allow me to try and shed some light on this subect, and why I believe a smaller bike is better to learn on..JOSEPHLB said:I bought my new 2002 F4I on June 14, 2002 for $7,599.00
The As for the F4I being your first bike.... It depends on your comfort level and maturity level.
I've never rode.. no dirtbike, 4 wheeler experience at all. I'm 27 years old, with a clean driving record, so my willingness to hold back, and not doing stupid $hit plays a big part in my having right under 1000 smooth, accident free miles on my new F4I.
First day was spent in a big parking lot in first gear, learning how the bike handled, the controls, body positioning, and other various basic skills.
If you get the F4I, or any 600 class sportbike.. LEARN the bike, and learn it well..... One mishap, or too much twist of the wrist, and if you're not 100% attentive.. this baby will throw you right off, and not think twice about it...
Just my two cents
And I hope they continue..but, how do you define ..very well..?Red_Stick_YZF said:Not that Hammer's post doesn't have some very good advice, but just thought I'd throw in that I have 2 friends who have bought 2k2 F4i's as first bikes and have done very well with them so far.
Just ride within your limits.
Little bikes are fun to ride I recently got rid of my ex250 for a larger bike and boy do I miss it! I wish that I could have kept it and bought my new bike (which I do love ) but unfortunately I don't have a ton of $$$. Good luck with whatever you pickHammer 4 said:
Allow me to try and shed some light on this subect, and why I believe a smaller bike is better to learn on..
5...It's much more fun to ride a slow bike fast, than to ride a fast bike slow..This doesn;t ,mean racing all over town, this means to be able to ride a given bike w/o a ton of fear, respect YES..and to be comfy on the bike, and IMHO, this happens much faster when learning on a smaller bike..ever wonder why most, if not all the pro's started on 50-80cc bikes, yep, cause they were little kids, but...I'll bet lots of em..rode those 50-80cc bikes for a long time..why? cause ya can throw em around, there's absolutly no fear factor..so you tend to try things on those bikes, you might not try on a more powerful bike, why.? because of the fear factor..more power=more speed, the faster ya go, the more pain you can induce, possibly..
6...Fun..it's so much more fun to ride a smaller bike, heck..there are guys that would embarass some of you in the twisties, or on a track..yep, the guys/gals that ride 250's..and your on your 600/750, and this little 250, just comes flyin by ya..on the outside..