02-27-2008, 12:49 PM
Join Date: May 2006
Location: PWT, FL............... 2006 636 Bleck
If you have never ridden a motorcycle
If you have never ridden a motorcycle, my personal suggestion is:
1. Take the MSF (a motorcycle safety class that results in getting the motorcycle endorsement). This is much easier than trying to get it through the DMV. The class cost ranges from state to state (some places itís free or cheap, other places it can be like $250). Either way itís well worth it.
2. Buy some gear. The bare minimum is a helmet, motorcycle jacket, gloves, and some riding boots. You can take it up a safety notch and get leathers, or riding pants, or racing boots, or a back protector (or all of them of course). All it takes is for a cell-phone clad SUV driver to rear-end you and end your life or disable it, so gear up.
3. Read, read, read. This forum (and many others) contains a cornucopia of information that can literally save your life.
4. My recommendation is that a 250 is an excellent starter bike. Itís light, cheap, faster than most cars, great on gas, a blast in the corners, comfortable, and extremely forgiving. You can always resell it when you are ready for a stronger bike (but 90% of people regret selling it because itís such an awesome bike).
Now, thereís always the debate about getting a 600 as a first bike. Sure, you could do it. Iíd say maybe 50% of people out there could handle it. But there is no way to tell if you are one of those people. Plus if you drop that one, you will cry a little more The 600ís are less forgiving and tempt you to go faster when you should be more focused on learning control.
The advice here would be viable for anyone (even if they do have some moto experience). I personally think this is one of the best ways to get into the sport. My roommates who skipped this advice both dropped their new 636ís and so have a ton of other people I know. Thatís not to say it wouldnít have happened anyway, but I think it would have helped them.
The above advice is just my opinion. Iíd appreciate it if others would chime in for additional opinions and advice.
"I always feel a little better after a ride" ~51k miles so far
Last edited by joonyaboy; 02-27-2008 at 01:01 PM.