Re: For People New To Bikes (First Bike Stuff)
Ouch, harsh reply above me...sheesh. Anyways, I started with a brand new 2002 gsxr600 and am thankful I did. I originally was going to take the "learn it slow and be safe" road, and get a ninja250 or something, but thankfully I realized that I would tire of that very quickly.
For those of you that are serious about buying your first bike, I would recommend going new. For one, with a new bike, you have the break in period. This was so nice for me to get used to the bike for the first 500 miles, keeping the rpms below 5000. Imagine if I had bought a used gsxr600? I remember the first time I really got on it, I about pissed myself. Now think if I hadn't gotten used to the bike for a good 1000 miles before that? I'd probably have died. Now I realize that people say "everyone drops their first bike, so why make it a new, expensive one?" Well to you i say BULLSHIT. Not everyone drops their first bike. My bike doesn't have a scratch on it *knock on wood*, I've never dropped it *knock on wood*, never laid it down *knock on wood*, and don't plan to. If you're careful with your bike like I am (i mean cmon, an 8000 dollar toy you'd better fucking be careful) you probably will be fine.
I don't know, the '02 gsxr600 is a bad ass bike, and can take me as fast as I want to go. I will definately be with her for another year, if not 2 more. So I think if you can get the money, go new, it will force you to not get on it until you're atleast somewhat used to the bike.