Join Date: May 2016
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My very first bike was a Suzuki Katana 600... that was back in 1999. I only had it for a year and I had to pay for school so I sold it.
I had ridden dirt bikes my entire life and felt like I could handle myself on 2 wheels. But even as a (sell professed) talented off road rider, riding on the road was a whole different deal. Simple things like the riding position and weight of the bike changed the experience entirely.
I feel like, if your going to start on a sport "style" bike, that was a good choice. Power was not intimidating at all, pretty low tech. But still had enough power to pass cars and cruise on the highways. back then, there were very few bikes in the "sport style" 250-500 class. Not anything worth looking at anyway. If I was starting all over again today id definitely look at a CBR 500... or even an R3... maybe the KTM 390... These are great bikes that offer cool style, reasonably aggressive but manageable ergonomics and surprising power.
When I got back into riding 3 years ago it was on a Suzuki Bandit 650...and only because I found one for basically nothing. Great bike really... but things quickly escalated to a Yamaha FZ6R, then a Suzuki SV650S... then an SV1000S and finally... the bike I had dreamed about owing for as long as I can remember... a Daytona.
I just got a buddy into riding and we started out looking for 300-500 bikes. Interestingly enough, the bike he ended up getting (at my suggestion) was an older, but insanely low KM Katana... he paid next to nothing for it. Its been great for him and he's had no trouble learning on it.
I really think the bike you start on should be dictated by the type of person you are. If you know your a calculated and responsible person, you can start on a bigger sport bike because youll be thoughtful about your riding, taking things slow and not letting yourself get out of control. If you know your not capable of handling the responsibility that comes with owing a high performance bike, do yourself a favour and start on something more mellow.