I started on a 1997 zx9r(first streetbike besides my yami enduro 125 2smoker), so following this guys logic and reasoning I should be able to ride circles around Nicky Hayden by now?(circle wheelies I should say since this kid likes to squid eerr I mean stunt with no gear). I mean if it took 4 months for him to turn pro on a 600, then I should be on the motoGP grid pretty soon since I started on a 900cc lol. Well that dude made that post in 07 so hopefully he has learned by now if he is still alive and not a para/quadrapalegic or so brain damaged he cant even wipe his own ass... While I started off on a 9r and didn't get seriously hurt/killed, I DEFINITELY wouldn't do it again, a bike with damn near 140hp and more weight than some Harley bikes is well, lets just say less than ideal for a noob. And I DID drop it, only once tho when coming to a stoplight, I had the bars slightly turned and I grabbed the front brake causing the front to dive forward and to the right, and yeah it was quite embarrassing doing that infront of a bunch of people. If I was giving advice to someone who is set on getting a 600+cc supersport as a first bike, I would try to steer them towards a supermoto if they HAVE TO have a fun bike.. wheelies like none other, I had a KTM 250xc 2 stroke that would rip the front tire off the ground 1st thru 4th... re-gear that bitch and you will have quite a fun little dirt/streetbikeI'm not missing the point of this thread. It all depends on the person if your prone to accidents, have bad balance or are retarded you should start out on say a 250 to see if bikes are even for you. Me personally I am not "surviving" I ride my bike hard through the turns, turned 11.691 @ 118mph on my 3rd pass at the track. I bring the front wheel and back wheel up whenever I want to so I am riding my bike pretty well for 4 months of experience. btw I have not dropped it either. so my point is it all depends on the person.
That's with barely 2 months of riding under my belt.
That's a lot of blame on the rider.I recognize this is an old thread, but a great one. I'll share too.
I am a vehicle accident reconstructionist with a specialty in motorcycle accidents. I've worked many many motorcycle accidents. I will say the VAST MAJORITY of motorcycle accidents that are fatal or near fatal fall into two categories:
- Middle-aged folks who are either re-entries or rare riders, frequently intoxicated, usually on cruisers.
- Youngsters on supersports, at least half of which don't even have their endorsement yet. Typically owned it for months, not years, and was reportedly their first bike.
Of those two groups, the latter is the largest.
It's the nature of what I do. If the car/truck/van/dump truck is at fault, there's no need for an accident reconstruction. I get called when it's unclear.That's a lot of blame on the rider.