This isn’t my first bike, but I consider it my first real bike. I ride a Suzuki GS500. I am not claiming to be an expert but I was convinced by more experience riders to get this bike for my “first real bike.” It is strong enough for bigger riders approx up to 250 pound riders, but it is quick and pretty safe, not to mention great gas mileage. The 1 big downer is that it takes a long time to warm up if it is below 55-60 degrees. But its not that big of a deal. Ziberzaba, I would highly recommend riding long runs, like on a Saturday. Check out my usual ride. It is the one posted in Chicago on this map. I posted my route on this site because I am an advocate for Allstate, but there are other route maps as well. I know google makes a great one. But check out my route and if you are ever near Chicago give it a go.