No, that's not what I said. I said that you're "good to go" (in your words) on a bike that you feel comfortable with AFTER you've at least taken a MSF course (or similar course). A bike that you feel confident handling and that isn't "terrifying" (as others have said). (Why would anyone buy a bike that they were "terrified" of or "terrified" to ride?) I felt completely comfortable with my choice of bike. I felt comfortable with the weight, the speed, the throttle response, etc. I was completely confident with all of those things. As I said, and I'll reiterate, if you're not comfortable with a bike you shouldn't get it. I was and I HAD experience with a bike before I bought my first bike.
Yes. If you don't have ANY experience or have been taught how to ride by your dad or your pappy or haven't been to any formal training class you're a recipe for disaster. Formal training classes will move someone with no experience to someone with approximately 6 months - 1.5 years of experience just from taking the class. That's a lot more experience than none. NEVER, and NOT ONCE did I EVER say that someone with no experience should get on ANY bike and start riding. EVER. I NEVER said that in this thread or EVER in my entire life.
I clearly stated that AFTER someone has had FORMAL TRAINING and IS / WAS familiar with riding a motorcycle that they could then purchase THE BIKE OF THEIR CHOICE, whether that be a Ninja 250 or a Harley Sportster or even a Duece or a BMW 800 of Honda touring 1100 or something of that nature. If they are confident of their skills and are comfortable with the bike then I see no reason why they shouldn't get one and ride it.
I NEVER SAID that they should ride aggressively, out of control, speed, outside of their limits, etc. NEVER ONCE did I say anything like that.
Please re-read the paragraph above several times so you can be clear on what I'm saying.
I still haven't heard you recommend any classes or formal training. Do you have any?
I see you still didn't read my posts. I can't force you to do that.
As for under or over 750cc, displacement is not really the matter, my brother's 250cc two stroke engined RGV i have in my garage is way harder to ride correctly and to 100% than my 1000cc is. It's just a matter of big / powerful bikes against experience of what to do with those HP.
Large displacement motorcycles are involved in less accidents than lower displacement bikes. However, people with NO TRAINING are involved in over 90% of motorcycle accidents. Why? Because they have NO TRAINING OR EXPERIENCE. I NEVER said that someone should be riding a bike that their not comfortable with or without any experience.
Where are you getting that statistic? From the Hurt Report? Just curious.
Edited by Tck13 - 8/16/13 at 9:44pm