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Sportbikes Made for New Riders [2023 Edition]
And it’s unfortunate that the annonymity of the internet seems to compell some people to act like jackasses and say things they would never, ever say in person. It’s always been my opinion that the internet will get A LOT more civil in the coming years once annonymity fades and we become personally identifiable.
As to what’s behind a lot of the debate (to what extent should society require parental authority over their children?), that’s a tougher question, esp. when it comes to kids and motorsports. At what age does one understand that they’re not immortal?
But I will observe that it’s not uncommon for minors to be charged as adults when they commit “adult” crimes, and no one bats an eye or demand that the parents be held accountable for allowing it to happen. But here we had a kid who was behaving like an adult in the good way, and rather than encourage that sort of maturity, people jump all over the parents for supporting this.
Don’t let it sit for too long on paint or rubber, etc., due to the petroleum distillates in it. It’s like WD-40.
I’m not seeing any real “resistance” to learning in the dirt, but if anything a wish that it were more possible/practical. I don’t think there’s anyone here on this board who wouldn’t do it if the opportunity presented itself in a reasonable fashion. I sure would, and in fact am looking at less practical ways to give it a try myself.
But can we go back to TR’s mention of a 250cc Honda sportbike coming soon? Any more details on that?
of what it feels like when the “main” runs dry.
Has happened to me a few times, but since the first time, I’ve been able to flip the switch on the fly…all about knowing exactly where it is (on my Buell, it’s on a straight line below my knee), and being comfortable with the motions while on a moving bike.
Different types of danger.
On a track, you have predictability, a closed system, but very high speeds and aggregrate aggression levels. On the streets, you have unpredictability, an open system, but with much lower speeds and aggregrate aggression levels. Track work is a relatively single-minded pursuit of performance, whereas street riding is a split between performance and safety.
It’s pretty heavy lifting (pun intended) to do that amount, so hats off to you.
Better avoid buying more gear until you get to your final target though (or maybe just buy it sized for your target weight, since it seems like you’re going to make it to where you want to go)!
I can get mine off pretty quick. Plus, what’s not to love about the wonderfully old-school nature of the D-ring? Simple and effective.
…personally, I’d buy something a more sturdy.
It’s hard to know exactly what “poly/cotton” means in this case, but I’d feel better myself with at least a Cordura fabric outer shell. Also, doesn’t look like it has adjustments for fit, which is something I usually need (though you may be different).
But on the plus side, it does have armor pockets, so one could get a set of good, CE rated stuff like Knox, and that would bring it toward “acceptable” if it were me buying it. And Alpinestars isn’t exactly some low-end, cheapo brand…
I will say though that jacket would look great next to a vintage standard, like an old Honda or BMW.
The only things keeping me from buying one are the color (flat black isn’t my cup of tea; the overseas burnt orange, that’s another story entirely) and the odd-ball gauges. Once Kawasaki fixes these, I’m all over the ER-6n.
I do the same thing. For me, it’s about the (cue cheesy educational video music) ladder of risk concept.
On the street, there’s a baseline of danger posed by the existence of the unknown and the uncertain (good terms BTW). It’s always there, no matter what (e.g. someone may turn left in front of you at the last minute), and you have no control over it.
But there are things over which a rider does have control that move that level of danger further upward, things like going 100% into a blind corner. Sure, the odds are there’s *not* a broken-down car just on the other side of the bend, but that doesn’t mean it *can’t* be there.
So it’s a matter of risk tolerance, and we each have our own level (like when we debate safety gear in here). For me, I love riding, but I also like my other hobbies/pursuits, and I’d hate to have to give them up while I’m recuperating from a nasty motorcycle injury. So I err on the side of caution, which is annoying sometimes, but I know it fits my outlook on the bigger picture.August 18, 2010 at 1:54 pm in reply to: question on sport bikes for Eternal, Mega, or anyone who can help. #28136
I can see just the outside edges of my shoulders (usually the rubber badges on my jacket).
Seems that even on a sportbike with clip-ons, if you can see your hands, your reflected field of vision would be looking at points on the ground behind the motorcycle.
What sort of riding have you been doing all these years? Just dirt, or street as well?
A literbike is pretty serious business (esp. that one I’m told). Personally, I’d say it’s too big a jump in performance to go from a 250 to basically a high-end racebike with a license plate. Have you checked insurance rates? IIRC, that particular bike has some of the worst.
Would you consider something mid-level, like maybe a 650 Ninja? Plenty of real-world performance, and with your skills, you’d manage it just fine.
One of things I love about this forum is how everone takes learning from mistakes very seriously…after an accident or close call, people here always try to diagnose it and figure out what happened, and then post it.
I’m esp. happy that this attitude has taken hold in me…I reflexively analyze my mistakes and close calls, not stopping until I figure out what went wrong.
It’s a great practice, and I thank everyone here for instilling it in me.
I was reading the literature on the Honda CRF230, and it prominently mentions that it’s got an electric starter, in a fashion that seemed to hint it was an actual “feature”, something not entirely common in similar models from competitors.
So made me wonder if there are modern dirt-only bikes that have kickstarters, or is this kind of advertising the equivalent of a car company telling you that their 2010 model comes standard with fuel injection (i.e. there’s nothing else worth bragging about)?
How many road-going bikes still have a kick-starter?