New male riders love to tell themselves (and anyone who can listen) that they will control themselves and will respect the power., The simple fact of the matter is that riders who start out on small bikes and gradually move up the ladder (or even stay on their smaller displacement bikes) end up being better riders than those riders that start out on larger displacement bikes. How can you master learning to ride when the vehicle scares you half to death? You can't. I remember coming across a guy who said he used to ride and his first bike was a CBR1000 because his buddies said anything smaller was for girls. The guy proudly told me he had never even hit 6th gear because he was too frightened. What happened to the bike? He crashed it of course. Another guy I know had ridden a 125cc scooter for 2 years or so but after seeing people like me riding decided to get a bike. I tried to help him out but he kept getting advice from scores of well meaning idiots. gsxr750 is a good beginner bike. Anything under 1000 cc is for girls, etc. The guy ended up getting a Hyabusa and I just prayed I wouldn't have to attend his funeral. Luckily his 2 crashes were minor and he has since sworn off riding forever.