So today I finished taking my Basic Riders Course for motorcycle riders and passed very nicely. I took the class to figure out if riding would be for me.
Guess what? It is.
I now have 6 months to go to DMV (oh joyous days) and just take the computer exam to get my motorcycle license (successful completion of the BRC satisfies the driving portion of the licensing exam).
I went into this class having: (1) never been on a motorcycle and (2) never driven a standard car in 15 years or so. So, after many early stalls, I began to get comfortable and actually do pretty well.
My thinking was I would do all of this, get my license and then figure out what to do about an actual bike. After finishing today, I realized that was kind of silly because everything is fresh with me and I need lots of practice… like, right now.
So here’s my question (and yes, I have asked this before, but now ask it based on some new info described below):
For a new rider just starting out, what would you generally recommend for a bike? I am leaning very much towards used (no need to drop a new one although having a warranty would be nice) and something in the 600cc range. Both my instructors and several bike owning acquaintances (this is the newer part) recommended about that bike size based on both my size and the fact that getting less would cause me to get bored of a smaller bike REAL quick.
Finally, in terms of style of bike, I’ve long leaned towards a sport bike (but I also think the Ducati Monster is kind of nice… of course, I think all Ducatis are pretty damn nice). I want something sporty, nice handling and would not be overwhelming to me, but also not something I would feel limited by in 3-6 months.
Anyone else have thoughts/opinions on this?