Originally Posted by Pennglock
Is that Billy Joel's garage?
Q for anyone- I recently sold my track car and want to take up moyorcycles. Thinking about one of those new 500cc honda cbrs to learn on. Any reason that wouldnt be a good move?
The bike itself is good, but as TRINI points out, typically it's recommended that you start on a smaller bike. Overseas, you're legally stuck with 125cc for a year or two. New riders normally assume this is to prevent antics like speeding, wheelies, stoppies, and such. Really, it's to provide something of a reaction envelope while you gain experience with the controls - too much throttle or brake at the wrong time can have dire consequences with 500cc, while with considerably less horsepower you can back-off or correct before disaster strikes. And, imo, someone coming from a car needs to adjust to the sort of constant vigilance that riding a motorcycle requires - the pothole you missed seeing in a car could have you lying in the road on a bike.
Moving from a dirtbike to street, the uncle that taught me to ride insisted I get something bigger than the Honda 175 I liked, then bitched every time I had a close call on the 400cc bike I wound up with (grr!). We argued about engine size and horsepower requirements the rest of his life - to him, nothing less than 1000cc was worth riding, while the largest engine I've had is my Honda NT650 (which I've still got). If I were starting out now, I'd get a lightly-used Ninja 300 or CBR250R.