OK, I have read through this thread and since I notoriously have a big mouth I cannot standby and not comment on the complete and udder BS that has developed. KEEP in mind I do understand that everyone has an opinion and its your right to have one, so I am just going to give mine.
MD-Enforcer very good ADVICE as for the 600cc hopefully with training yes, however it should be based on comfort and ability.
Kawasaki Ninja 250r, new or used is a good starter. I would recommend used since you will probably drop it at least once.
You'll be getting a 600 by next summer.........probably
GOT ME SOM--this is not advice it is trying to sell a motorcycle--he asked for advice.
GOT ME SOM A 250 is wayy to small a bike to start out on, you'll outgrow that in two weeks.
Get a SV650 or a GS500.
I'll sell mine if you want it, it looks like a sportbike.
I'm ready for a GSXR 750.
ricku1967--see GOT ME SOM comment--again not advice--trying to sell a motorcycle.
ricku1967 I have a 2007 honda shadow 750cc and that is my first bike, it is a great starter bike. a 250cc is way to low to start with IMO (my bike is for sale by the way lol only 1113 miles on it, have to buy the new camaro )
InfernoSS--there is way to much I would like to say about this absolutely RIDICULOUS post. If you are worried about KEEPING UP WITH YOUR FRIENDS and that is why you ride and why you think you need a bigger motorcycle-- then you ride for the wrong reasons. Keep this extremely important concept in mind--80s Adam is admittedly a NEW rider who has absolutely no clue how to ride and if he even likes it, and is a bit intimidated by it. You are suggesting that he go out and purchase a MSRP $12,899.00 bike that weights 458 lbs. Additionally, even as a 600cc motorcycle that bike requires a skill set that he does not and will not properly attain for a significant amount of time--in my opinion. I will apologize for marking you as my primary target, however I have seen and investigated to many accidents where a hot headed, young soldier went out and bought the best crotch rocker out there and instead of respecting the motorcycle and realizing he needed training..decided to keep up with his buddies and wrapped that brand new high speed motorcycle around a tree. There is alot more I would like to comment on however I am sure I have pissed many of you off already, so I will stop there.
InfernoSS I'm just going to throw this out there. I bought a Kawi 600cc as my first starter bike and after a month of having it i wanted to upgrade because it just couldnt keep up with my friends bikes.
So instead, i would recomend getting an 08 or 09 GSXR 1000 simply because it has a power selector switch.
In mode C, the power selector switch cuts the engines output power to the equivalent of a 600cc GSXR
In mode B, the power selector switch cuts the engines output power to the equivalent of a 750cc GSXR
And in mode A, you guest it, it operates at the full 1000cc power capasity.
Just my 2cents and opinion.
80s Adam--you are doing the right thing. Research out the types and styles of motorcycles that you think you want to ride. Identify a new or used (I would also suggest a nice used bike), then take a beginners riding course just to get your feet wet. DO NOT pick a bike that is the biggest and baddest. Your focus needs to be on learning to ride, respecting the motorcycle and its capabilities, and completely understanding your limitations as a rider. I have been riding a motorcycle of some sort for over 20 years so I have some idea of what it takes. As you gain experience then take a more advanced riding course and once you are comfortable with your capabilities then transition to a larger or different bike. It is not about whether or not you can keep up with your buddies, it is about enjoying yourself and being a rider that is able to handle his motorcycle responsibly. OK I will get off my soap box and shut up.
I am sure there will be responses.