Update: I bought a 2005 CBR 600 F4i and love it to death, it looks wicked
I also have a 2009 CBR125r (which I bought for my to get some refresher experience on, I have been riding it around for a while now before getting the F4i, the 125 is easy to ride but so underpowered that it can barely keep up with traffic unless you thrash it, my Son will be learning on that bike.
But I'm 53 and feel like an idiot buying a sport bike, I grew up riding upright tourers like Cb900F boldor (owned 2) and Suzuki GSX 1100e (owned 3) I should have got a Hornet for my riding style, I have trouble riding the cbr in traffic, trouble I don't remember having on any of my older early 80's upright bikes, the older bikes just seemed so much easier to ride than the F4i.
But I knew that if I got a Hornet I would stand there looking at it saying to myself...."it's not a cbr, but at least it's still a Honda......but I don't like the look of it" and it would be for sale within a month and bikes are hard to sell
So I bit the bullet and got a 2005 red and black F4i (exactly what I wanted) with the approach of modifying it to suit me (even thought about converting it to a street fighter which kind of appeals to me)
Now what I really need is a CBR that rides like a Hornet, I kind of figured that with heli bars etc I could achieve this
On the F4i I have rolled backwards a bit doing hill starts and can't look over my shoulder properly to check for traffic because of the riding position, I am also getting sore wrists and arms after riding it for a while. I had no problems on my other older bikes which as I said were not sport bikes. Add to that the fact that I haven't ridden since the 1990's.
I should start another thread about trying to set up my cbr to ride like a hornet....... I kind of figured
I could have my cake and eat it to.
I should do a riding refresher course, they are not compulsory over here in Oz as long as you have your full motorbike license (which I got back in the late 80's) I think refresher courses should be mandatory because even after a single winter season a rider can lose their basic skills.