Originally Posted by carcharias
Something too heavy will cause problems, something with too much power may scare you, something with too little power won't get you out of jams. Don't just think about the cost of the bike, either. You now have to think of the cost of all the gear, locks, insurance, etc. All well-worth it in the end.
Thanks for all the advice guys, especially the MSF Course. Since this will be my first bike I'm going to stick with Used (maybe off craigslist) and drive that around for a couple years.
What do you think is a good bike weight to start with? I'm 6 ft, just under 200lbs if that makes a difference. And what are locks? This has been great advice from all as I'm trying to figure out what to budget cost-wise. And never ridden a bike, most of my friends are married and the wives aren't down with 2-wheels.
Originally Posted by Idaholandho
In fact make sure the tesosterone that coarses through your veins comes back down to a normal level before making final plans.
Also look at used bikes at this point as there are some great deals to be made. Some guys think they have to have them and they find out that a bike doesnt get ridden as much or theres financial issues or their wives are pissed.
Definitely the route to consider. I keep a level head... been into sports my whole life and never broke an arm/leg cause I know my limits. One of the reasons I don't think the ninja-style of bike suits my personality. Any particular makes/models you guys recommend? Looking for something relatively hassle-free to maintain.