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New rider, new bike problem. please read :)
This is a continuation from my introductory post, but for those just stumbling upon this I will type up my whole problem here.
So i'm a new rider, never driven a motorcycle in my life. I've rode passenger, and I rode my bicycle for 2 years. I'm an avid sports car driver, and I LOVE to jump into anything new. Whether it be a Ford Taurus to an Audio TT, I always enjoy riding new vehicles.
Due to my re-location, and rising gas prices I have decided to purchase a Motorcycle. Originally I was looking into the Ninja 250, since it had such great reviews and was an awesome beginners motorcycle. After talking to a few peers at my clinic, one who does off-road and one who actually does track runs, I decided to look into the Suzuki GS500 or SV650 or SV650s.
But here's the trick, my father found out about my entry into Motorcycle and he took it upon himself to purchase a motorcycle as a wedding present for me.
He is also an experienced rider, he rode for 5 years in the Phillipines during his service time and rode a multitude of motorcycles. He has a V-Star 1100, and loves it.
The motorcycle he purchased me was a Suzuki Katana 750 1997 model, with roughly 48k miles on it. I spoke to him about my research and he told me that heavier is better for beginners, and although the 750 is a beast, he purchased it for my beginning motorcycle since it only cost him $1100. He's also an engineer and mechanic, so he tore it open and is fixing it up until I get my rider's permit.
I know the Katana 750 is a fast little beast, and it scares me a bit to hop onto it and learn. Thinking that it'll smash my face into a wall when I rev it up. When I sat on it, the weight was GREAT, I could easily manipulate it with my thighs and posterior and the height was perfect!
So, I need your opinions. Give the Katana 750 a shot, or spare myself and get a lower end motorcycle?