Join Date: Mar 2008
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
First Bike - Discuss
This is my first post, so please be gentle with me! I wanted to add to the discussion on wether or not the Daytona is a good or bad choice for a first time bike. I have a vested interest in what's being said because, I'm in the process of buying a tornado red 675, and it's my first bike!! I very much appreciate the objective thought and un-partisan replies to previous posts on this matter and it's something certainly to bare in mind.
I would like to just point out, I'm a 41 year old father of 2 with a certain amount of life experience behind me ( and hopefully in front of me!) I think this is an important factor in the equasion, especially when you consider I've lost both a cousin and very close friend to bike riding.
I agree whole heartedly with the notion that you can't buy experience and in a case where your life is potentially on the line, never a true word was spoken! However, and this is my unqualified point, many of you suggest getting a smaller bike, 250's, 400's etc as a good starting point. But surely, with the speeds and performance of these lesser machines, you can still wrap them around a lampost or send them hurtling into a ditch if you're not careful. I was out on a ER6 yesterday, and had a little moment. Unquestionably this was down to driver error, thankfully no damage done and you live another day, but you see what I'm getting at. I very much appreciate, the 675 is a totally different ball game and potentially things may have been different had I been riding that. But my feeling is, taking as much care as I can and not riding like a ****head, it will be a learning curve the same as any other! Unfortunately, the child in me hooks onto something and finds it difficult to tread another path, the first time I saw the bike I was sold, I just have to have it!!
I can hear the groans, but if any of you out there can sympathise with my position, I'd love to get some feedback on things I have to pay particular attention to when first riding the bike. Incidentally, are the mirrors as bad as they say?
I pick the bike up next week, so I'll post again with my thoughts. Bloody exciting though!!...