I work a week on and a week off, so i have plenty of time to talk to the bike(respect) and ride it. I need a new hobby, my short term goal is to be a weekend cruiser and be able when i choose to commute to work (is 2 miles on the same street). Long term goals is to be able to go from city to city riding. Im already committed to buying the honda 954 or 929 waiting on my loan that i was approved for. My question is when I ask guys in the neighborhood i get these answers to my question of buying a larger bike. I tell them im getting a 600cc bike and they look at me and say Im too big. Im 6 foot 1 inch 300 pounds, go to the gym everyday type. They told me to get a 1200 or 1300 and i like NO WAY, i have common sense. They say at the price range im looking, if i get a 600 when i learn it i will upgrade anyway. This isnt a should a liter bike be a first bike question more like tips that im not seeing so I can be addition to the community and not column in the newspaper.
1. Take a safety course
2. find a riding buddy
3.always even in parking lot wear gear cause i will fall
4.after i get bike rolling put it in 2nd gear, since apparently throttle control is a issue
5.know my limits respect the bike
If i buy the bike first week of July i already set a date that im committed to 2 months of early morning 6am riding to learn the bike before i even commute to work. Is that a logical time frame? I can't be my neighbor buy a bike on a friday, sunday be riding 20 miles on the highway. For the people who jumped on a large liter bike how long did it take to develop muscle memory of shifting and throttle control? Anything to add to my list?
hummmm..... 954 0r 929 for your first bike
that's a fast bike for your first bike!!!! even when I went from my old Suzuki intruder vs700 to my first 900rr, was a big jump!
your right about the size thou! my 929 is way bigger in size, then the cbr 600rr from the same year! the older 900rr's are bigger then newer bikes! I have a 929 with 954 stuff on it, I can feel the size diff going from one bike to the other 900rr feels better on long rides! I would say go for a little older bike even, if your that worried about size... my 94 has lower pegs, tank is bigger, bars are out and up more, making it feel a lot bigger!!!
the 929 and 954's feel good thou! better then all newer bikes I have been on....
be very careful!!!!!!!!!!! all that power is harder to turn well, you hit the brake or roll all the way off in a turn to fast, you go hi side!!! I have see it, it's not pretty
Never thought about a sport touring bike, there bigger and still have the power needed! inc is cheaper too!!!! there like 80% sport 20% touring... here's a pretty one