Just pondering to myself....
How many here bought the 919 as their first bike but then would not recommend it for a woman? How many of these same guys urged a newb to buy a 919 cause it is docile if you respect it, etc...
Is it that these riders themselves are better than a woman? Or maybe a stranger they have never met is more capable than their woman? Or can they admit it was more bike than they should have gotten? Or is it a macho thing that they had to have the bigger bike? Maybe their woman just does not need as much bike (because guys need all the HP)? Maybe because women are shorter... and shorter people can handle a 599, but ot a 919?
hmmmm.... Seems to be fun pondering....
I like the SV. It is a cheap and fun ride. More capable than most riders and a good resale value.
I recommended the more docile bikes in that list for a learner, full stop. I fully support the US system of liberty and taking responsibility for being an adult and therefore freedom of choice. What I do find insane, is that someone that's a complete newbie can go out and buy the latest R1, etc.
This is why I made that useless (for the US) post ,that a CB400 Super Four would be a cracker of a learner bike.
Over here we have a learner and a restricted period for 9 months minimum, if you ar over 25 and do a recognised safety course. Under 25 and its 18 months (I think). Further, you are only allowed on nothing bigger than a 250cc.
It is good for the following reasons:
1) When mistakes happen, odds are it will not be as catastrophic as with a CBR1000RRRR
2)As most learners typically go through that cocky and overconfident phase, again the potential consequenses when something goes wrong - see #1
3) The bike is usually light and flickable and is much easier to learn the basics of canyon carving, etc. BikePics - Honda VTR 250 Home Page on BikePics.Com
4) You can open up the taps and enjoy the full rev range, basically have a good play without reaching Warpspeed 3. Most 250's reach 100km/h quite easily and tops out at about 140km/h (60-80mph) down a slight decline with a tailwind!
How many unsuspecting learners got on the latest ZX10 and scared them self shitless, had a bad experience 5 minutes after riding away from the dealers, a nasty crash, etc. etc. ,and hung up their helmets for good?
How many learners never got the basics right, because they were overwhelmed by trying to learn the ropes on their new GSXR1000?