Well it’s good to hear from someone who doesnt box the beginner into the train of thought that the only way to possibly learn how to ride is on the 250. I’ve really dug into information on the Ninja for example and I just cant see the sense in starting that small especially when I know I’ll need the power on the highway. I drive for a living and I’ve actually seen some bikes stuggle out there and really push to keep up when they need to make a move. Most riders seem to be of the train of thought that these bikes outperform most cars. While that may be true, when we are dealing with legal highway speeds and the ability to keep up, I do believe that cars today have very much caught up with many of the motorcycles (which is probably why they keep upping the ante by producing more and more power on the higher end super-bikes).
The 250cc’s are definately out for me. I’m probably going to end up with the FZ6R. I’ve been researching the previous FZR’s and hadnt realized until now how popular they were/are. I actually thought the FZ6R was going to be a rather new bike but I’m finding out that it’s a re-release of what used to be a very popular first bike for many which stopped production in ’99.
The one thing that kinda disappoints about these forums is that everyone seems to group all 600cc bikes into one lump category. But then when you read professional reviews they do not put these machines down at all. In fact most infatically state they consider them to be more entry level machines.
I do respect everyones opinions but it seems the advice of either or just doesnt agree with me.