My opinion is: That a brand new rider shouldn't be ON any road where you have to worry about "keeping up" for at least the first 6 months.Then, I would recommend a used 500cc bike, so that you can keep up reasonably well with traffic.
Yep, but I'll never FORGET the day that I was tooling along in the Center Lane on the Highway, in Cruise Control, and seeing a 250cc in my right mirror, coming up HARD in the "Granny Lane."............Most any 250 on the market will do 65 MPH, more or less comfortably...............
Yes my friend but we are talking about a TRAINING machine here.Geez........enjoy the ride. Get yourself a bike that won't have to be maxed out to maintain good speed. Seek comfort.
To be sure.........starting with a 250cc is fine...........my only thought would be that, most of the folks I know who ride, if they started with a 250cc, moved up to at LEAST a 500cc within a season or two. It IS valid to work your way up. Depends on the person, and like you said, we can't really see the "who" thru a Forum window.Yes my friend but we are talking about a TRAINING machine here.
And a general recommendation for ALL new riders......since we can't "look" through a message post to see the person asking the question.
Some new riders are perfectly content with a 250 as their "forever" ride.
Yes.....and so.......???..my only thought would be that, most of the folks I know who ride, if they started with a 250cc, moved up to at LEAST a 500cc within a season or two.
To each his own............Yes.....and so.......???
It seems that you are drawing a conclusion from that, which you think is logical, that then most new riders should just skip the 250 and go right for a 500 and up.
I think that is absolutely wrong, in general.
That 250 trade up often costs very little overall and sometimes they can be sold for MORE that they cost.
I guess I'm a bit biased maybe. I started out on a Honda S-90 and then after about 30 years of progressively "upgrading" went back to a 250 for a couple of years. Did a 1200 mile road trip on it even.......once. It was a fun little bike. If I had the garage space, I would definitely have (at least) two machines. A road cruiser and a puddle jumper. :bluethum:
Sure, if I had the room. But this Thread is not about that. With regard to that however, I have a friend who is like a brother to me, who has offered me a Goldwing for no money, from the mid to late 80's. It supposedly only needs a paint job and perhaps a general overhaul, because it's been sitting in his barn for 10 years or more. Would I like to bring it home and make it a project bike? Sure! On the other hand, there is Insurance, Registration, cost to refurb......but that's another topic.Wait....what.....are you telling me that if you had the space you wouldn't consider having more than one bike ??? :mrgreen:
And I am not disagreeing with that part at all.I'm willing to put money down, saying that "Lucas" (if he buys a 250cc let's say) will sell that bike OR buy a bigger one to add to his stable, (say a 500cc) within two years of his purchase of the 250cc. That's all I'm saying.
I'm not "upset" at all. Just expressing my point of view. If someone has the money to switch bikes "every couple of years," more power to em. I live in a world where money is to be carefully protected. Therefore, I see things from that perspective. When I "buy" something, the intent is to keep it as long as I can. So because of that, I think more broadly than some might. I'm looking "long term."....................P.S. If you are going to get upset every time a thread goes "off topic", you won't be very happy on any online forum I've ever seen. It is just part of the territory.
I made that mistake one too many times! The FIRST time, was when I wanted to learn to play golf, and bought myself a cheap set of Northwestern's at Walmart. I wrapped them up and put them under the Christmas Tree "To Soupy, from Santa." (Everyone wondered "who" bought me the clubs......lol)...........................................I decided to get a bike without discussing it with her. ...................
Well, I bought the M50 because scooterists take a lot of crap in our community. I never wanted one in the 1st place, but the ex was disabled on one ankle and couldn't learn a real cycle. She wanted us to look the same all the time, matching shirts. etc. She told me that if I ever bought a motorcycle, she would divorce me. She lied. So after a couple years I bought the M109R and kicked her out. I'm not into having someone tell me how to live. She held back until we got married a then let loose. I told Becky that I was going to buy her a bike with a tow-pac. She said "Yeah right". The next day when I came home with it, she asked why. I told her that when I say I'm going to do something, I do it. Becky is more understanding though, than my ex. It took me years to be able to buy into motorcycles and I won't have someone telling me I can't. It's best to tell them up front what your intentions are and avoid ugly situations.I made that mistake one too many times! The FIRST time, was when I wanted to learn to play golf, and bought myself a cheap set of Northwestern's at Walmart. I wrapped them up and put them under the Christmas Tree "To Soupy, from Santa." (Everyone wondered "who" bought me the clubs......lol).
The second time was when I bought the Fatboy. THAT didn't go over very well!!