Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: the Sierra Nevadas
Re: New Riders: R Bikes as a first bike, Dont post a new thread!
OK sponge, sounds like we are more in agreement.
I'm not one of the crusaders that tells dirt riders that there is absolutely no way they can start street riding on a GSXR-6. Sure I would tell them they are better off starting with the SV, but I don't have the heart to grind an axe for those riders.
Basically I support the experienced riders who come down hard on new riders with no motorcycle experience. The newbies who ask, "Isn't it possible to start on a GSXR if I'm careful?"
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a situation here. As sportbikes have become a red hot fad, more squids than ever buy them for a first bike. Unlike how it used to be, these usually are NOT people who know anyone, have dads or older brothers who ride, or have any other idea what they are getting into. More and more of them are dying on their first R bikes, at an alarming rate. Now maybe it doesn't matter to you if a dumb squid dies, and maybe you don't care about sportbikers getting the reputation from all the squids on R-bikes. But even if you didn't care about that, you need to care that sooner or later some shit will hit the fan. A senator's son will die, a celeb will die, whatever... then they will look at all the squid deaths and say, "Hey, why don't we start imposing limits on sportbikes?" It happened before and it almost passed.
Either we regulate our sport with good leadership and good advice, or someone will pass a law to do it for us. Plus it's the right thing to do, to stop a newbie from getting an R-bike, when he has no idea how to ride an unforgiving 2-wheeled vehicle that eats Dodge Vipers for breakfast.