"Radical"? "Misreading"? Not at all. You don't have any nuance to your claims which strikes me as odd. Perhaps you're a highly skilled rider with a lot of training? But at this point I'm willing to bet that A) you don't own a bike and B) you don't have or have very little "training" at riding a bike. amirite? Not that not owning or having little experience is a bad thing at all, it's not. But preaching is just that; preaching.
No disagreement regarding no training but you can choose a bike larger than a 750cc and do just fine.
I never said anyone should start riding with no training on a poorly chosen bike. I think every person should have training, especially formal training before riding a bike.
However, I don't believe for a second that everyone should be forced to get training (or, maybe they should have at least an MSF course) or to buy a 750cc or less just because you think / others think that they can't either handle the size of the bike or the power. Believe it or not, they can. Do I recommend it? Not always, but it certainly can and does happen and buying a 1300cc as my first official bike (I had a YZF-R1 first - long story) worked out great for me. As a matter of fact, the power of that bike was PERFECT for me as was the size of the bike. It fit like a glove. Plus, I bought it knowing that it was probably going to get dropped at some point and was going to get scratched up, it was going to get used and abused, etc. I didn't waste several hundred or thousand dollars on a bike I wasn't going to ride the hell out of and fully enjoy.
This is not a radical concept - it applies to pretty much all walks of life; playing guitar, computer programming, poetry, fighting, neurosurgery. In the end, the person pursuing any endeavor has to decide whether they want to do the best they can or just get by - really learn to play, or just learn the opening riff to "Smoke On The Water." I'm of the view that a new rider's main focus should be on learning to ride well, with strong grounding in the fundamentals of riding technique, safety practices, and bike maintenance. Then again, I'm also of the opinion people playing intruments should be able to read music and people writing novels should know sentence structure and the rules of grammar.
You don't agree? I've got great news - you don't have to!
You're right, I don't agree. Why? While I'm of basically the same mindset regarding doing something completely and learning as much as one can about it, who the fuck are you to tell everyone what they should do and what they're interest or skill level should be to operate a motorcycle, play the guitar, drums, operate a computer, etc. Are you the skill police? Did you ever hear Ringo Starr play the drums for one of the biggest bands of all time? Perhaps you would have banned him from the group? Do you think that Larry Mullen Junior is a virtuoso? Are you going to go to the Harley Dealership and tell them that they can't sell a Fatboy to someone because they don't think they have enough experience to ride it? Sometimes stupid people do stupid things. Natural selection happens unfortunately.
Absolutely, and I am an experienced rider having ridden for several years riding all year round (unless below freezing) putting 7k - 8k miles a year on my bike. Of course, I didn't even consider buying a bike until I took the MSF training course (twice) and purchasing gear (which evolved over time - as did my riding style). As my first instructor / mentor pointed out, "this class just gives you enough skill to go to the parking lot and practice". He was very right and that's just what I did. It took a couple of months before I felt ready to even go on an hour ride on the highway to where I worked at the time. And then I spent hours picking up my bike, doing slow speed drills / turns / braking, reading books and watching videos about the topic, etc. Not that I'm a superstar rider, I only have 3-5 years of total experience but I think I've done more than ok. I would've been bored with a small bike in about 6 months.
Edited by Tck13 - 8/14/13 at 7:55pm