I ride a bike. Personally, I enjoy the freedom, smoothness and just ass puckering fun they can be. People get bikes for many different reasons. Some want to look good. Some people just enjoy the ?wind in there hair? so to speak. Some enjoy the performance of a bike.
My first bike was a 94 FZR1000 with a ton of engine work done to it. This is a VERY poor first bike. Way too much power. Very easy to get in over your head. Had the bike for 3 years, putting close to 50k miles on it. The only reason I got a 1000cc for a first bike was due to the fact that the prior owner totaled it and it was cheap. Bought it for $1500 and $700 later it looked good as new. Of course it took me 4 months of searching for used parts and body work, but it was worth it. Then she got sold?.
Started riding a friends 2000 Kawasaki Voyager (looks like a gold wing). This is a TOTALLY different kind of riding. Comfortable, stereo, luggage racks, great wind protection? Without a doubt the kind of bike you can take for long rides. But the bike was huge and lacks in handling/power. Not a go out by yourself and have fun kind of bike.
So I did the logical thing, bought a middle of the road bike: Kawasaki Vulcan 800. This bike SUCKED! At least for me. It didn?t really fill any role well enough. Never rode the thing. It didn?t have enough balls to be fun, and wasn?t as comfortable as the Voyager for 2up riding. Sold?.
Now we?re riding a Honda VTR1000F. Definitely more sporty, but not a GSXR kind of sporty. And so far, I love it.
In short, this is the deal. You will most likely drop your first bike. So you may not want new. Start off small (<500cc 4cyl or 650cc Vtwin). The smaller bikes are much more forgiving. Not to mention they kick ass in the corners, just suck a little wind on the straights. If stunting is your thing (wheelies, stoppies, etc?) smaller bikes make it a little easier. For example, my FZR I never could wheelie at will, only out of corners by getting on the gas. Reason being, I was scarred to loop it. My friends 600, no problems. Of course a better rider would find the 1000cc easier. V-twin vs 4cyl: your call. Twins have more torque at lower RPMs than a 4cyl. However 4cyls have more torque up high and higher RPMs, so they have more horsepower. Basically, you need to keep a inline 4 up in RPM?s to have any real usable power, not so with a twin. This can be good or bad. Sometimes its real nice having tons of power at 4k rpms (like when riding some twisty roads) and sometimes its not (stuck in the rain and don?t want that rear tire kicking out all the time).
Either way take the motorcycle safety course. If you enjoy it, great, and you?ll get a discount on your insurance, not to mention learn a lot. If you find out it?s not what you like, it?s cheaper than buying a bike.
Where in CT are you?
PS. This may sound stupid, but riding is as close to flying as you can get. Hard to explain but take a brisk ride threw some twisty roads and see how smooth it is. Best feeling in the world! Err?.one of the best feelings (god, hope my GF isn?t reading this)