Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: .....Gibraltar .... 1992 ZZR 600 D2
There have been so many similar threads all over the forum and I try not to post the same over and over again so heres something a little different to my usual line.
First of all, you being a girl makes no difference what so ever. As a matter of fact my ZZR 600 was originally owned by a woman who drove it safely for almost 20 years and got a lot of enjoyment out of it.
I see an awful lot of 17 year olds riding round on mopeds in my line of work. Alot of them dont live to see 18... then you get the kids who start off on 125s and progress slowly on to bigger bikes. All of them have one thing in common, they all think theyre shit hot riders because they have never fallen off.
I think differently, to my mind falling off a 2 wheeled machine is inevitable. At some point in their lives, every one who rides a motorcycle will fall off it. When I started out I fell off a lot, mainly for being a stupid 17 year old who thought he was shit hot. Every fall I had taught me something about the bike i was riding at the time, about physics and about myself as a rider.
The more I fell off the less severe the injuries became and the less frequent the falls. I haven't fallen off a bike for 4 years now and that last one was a controlled one where I had to get off the bike quick to chase a perp on foot. Ive had a few near misses but mistakes of the past have taught me how to prevent near misses becoming crashes.
I'm no where near as good a rider as I want to be and I've found that the 600 has taught me a lot.
So I ask you... how many times have you fallen off? How confident are you in your own skill to prevent a near miss being a crash? How comfortable are you on a 250? Do you think you have anything left to learn?
All of these are questions anyone can ask but only you can answer as well as any others that you can think of and only you can answer the question "Am I ready?"
Like someone said before, if you have to ask you're probably not ready, but its your call.
1999-2000: Aprilia RS 50, 2000-2000: Suzuki TS 50, 2001-2002: Kawasaki KMX 200, 2002-2006: Yamaha Virago 250, 2007-2009: Yamaha Virago XV 535, 2009-2012: Suzuki GZ 250 Marauder, 2012-present: Kawasaki ZZR 600
"Green is better, I need green!" ~ Max my 2 year old