i don't know why you would want to say its an sti, especially around people that know what they are looking at. like buddy, its a wrx, who cares. personally i find it insulting that he calls it an sti
Throw the trusty GS500E/F and Ninja 500R on the beginners list too, great bikes that have been around for more than a decade for a reason.
There are easier and less painful ways to die. I heard cyanide works really well... quick and painless.Seriously people, don't do it. Its the rider that makes the bike, not the other way around. Its like a musical instrument... you may have a $5000 Eric Clapton signature series guitar, the finest, but if you can't play it, it will sound terrible and nobody will want to listen.How will you feel when some guy on a Ninja 250 smokes the living crap out of you in the twisties because you are so scared to open your beast up..you will realize that the larger bikes will not tolerate your mistakes.Don't become another statistic...respect the sport and pay your dues like the rest of us to be worthy of such a bike.
After brainstorming and discussing with others all the pro's and con's, I have come to a couple of conclusions..The older riders, the ones with 10+ years of riding all say start small, and work your way up to the bad ass bike that you want......The younger riders say start on what you want to.Now, this may be a generational thing - the older riders have all started on slower tackle, and when they finally get their machine they are awestruck, and cannot imagine how anyone can learn on such a weapon.The young hotshots that start on the 600's, 750's and 1000's may be highly skilled pilots, and it may just be that they have more talent than us old bastards give them credit for.However.....Every week in the summer we read the posts of people crashing their shiny new Gixxers and CBR's, when the bike is totally at fault....Examples:"It stood up on me" - no it did not stand up on you, it does not have a mind of its own - you messed up...."The back stepped out on me for some reason" yes -the reason was you wound too much throttle on (this was me on Sunday)"The front brakes grabbed, and I went over the bars" - NOPE - you grabbed the front brakes in a panic reaction."The power came in all of a sudden, and I did a 12-o'clock wheelie into a tree" you where sloppy on the throttle, you were stunting in the wrong place....and the list goes on.Then there is the Sunday ride, you follow someone on a brand new bike that is bolt upright through the bends, fighting it like crazy, its obvious that this is their first bike - and then you notice the "1000" stickers on the back, and you give them a nice wave as you pass.Learning to survive, is not learning to ride.Then finally, you read the adverts on E-BayGSXR1000 - 600 miles for spares or repair $3000GSXR750 - trashed plastics, bent subframeR1 - flipped - good engine 300 milesR6 - rashed plastics, dented tank....So many bikes are wrecked with so few miles on them.Finally you go into the dealer, and you ask him whats good to learn on, he says that the 750 is perfect - knowing full well that you stand a huge chance of buying another one in a month or so when you wreck it.....Listen to us old bastards, the ones that have survived 10 or more years, and have a clue what we are talking about - do the research, read the magazines, write to the editors and ask about starter bikes.But remember - wear your gear.... and take the damn course. A lot of countries have mandatory training for new riders.Whilst you can argue that this the US is the land of the free, its also the land of the squid (newbie), and the land of the crashed sportsbike.
You'll be much happier sliding, low-siding, or just losing your balance and dropping (which happens more than anyone admits) that $2500 EX250/GS500/etc than you will that nice shiny new CBR/Gixxer/etc.
P.S.....It's not just street squids. I was at a track day at CMP this weekend. There were SEVERAL guys there on shiny new Ducatis and Aprilias with trick gear, trick parts, trick trailers, and trick trucks. That were SLOW as hell.I wonder how it feels to buy a $30K worth of motorcycle stuff and get passed by a 4 year old 600.
500: $1337600: $1815
Thank you for the write-up, I am going to go and grab a handbook before work!
Just did the written test.If anyone is planning on doing the 21 hour course soon my friend and I are interested, maybe a few of us could do it together.
I'm already booked for Sept 4 (Wednesday) 6-10pm, Sept 7 (Saturday) 8:30-5pm, Sept 8 (Sunday) 8:30-5pm if you're interested in doing the course. Make sure you have all the gear though as they won't let you take the course without it. Gear needed - Helmet, gloves (full fingered), boots (ankle high), riding jacket (leather, or textile), and pants (you can use jeans if you don't have riding pants).On another note, all my gear showed up today from www.canadasmotorcycle.ca definitely impressed with their service both turn-around time and free shipping. Products I ordered are great quality, I'll post a review later on.Congrats on the written test you have just passed the idiot part of the Class 6
I may be joining you if I can get all the gear in time. I'm trying to find a helmet that I can use for auto cross and riding, but I can't find the SNELL rating on canadasmotorcycle website. And will something like this work for a jacket?http://www.canadasmotorcycle.ca/icon-pdx-hi-visibility-jacket.html
Helmet which meets or exceeds DOT standard; Full fingered gloves; Boots; that cover the ankle, must have a heel and rubber soles (high heels or cowboy boots will not be accepted); Sturdy Jacket, Leather, Textile, Denim or better; Sturdy Pants, Denim or better (Nylon jackets and sweat pants will not be accepted); Eye protection; Full face visors, Goggles, or Approved safety glasses (Regular Glasses or Sunglasses will not be accepted as protection); 6M Beginners License with license photo. Students without proper gear will be sent home with no refund. Courses run regardless of weather conditions – be prepared, dress accordingly. (HELMETS ARE MANDATORY - NO EXCEPTIONS)
You can probably get it in time but will need to order it expedited be prepared to pay a bit extra for quicker shipping. That jacket should work, but remember you will likely do the majority of your riding in the summer in good weather, that looks like a heavy jacket.They should all be Snell certified, but when in doubt call them during the business hours. I would order tomorrow if I were you though. Why not get something like this http://www.canadasmotorcycle.ca/fly-trekker-helmet.htmlAs long as your gear meets the above quote you're good.