I'm gonna differ from the gang here as i think this is just fine for a first bike.
I can only go with my own personal experience and this is my first bike. I hadnt even been a passenger on a bike since i was maybe 12.
Lots of people said 'get a used bike first!' and that is solid logic. However i wasnt going to buy some ragged out sport bike for 2-3000 bucks when i could buy the fz6 with 1 mile on it for 6ish.
At 6 feet tall and 220 pounds, the fz is cake to handle even with little experience if you use moderation with the throttle!
I'm at 10.5 months of ownership and almost 5000 miles and have yet to lay it down or have an issue *finds wood to knock on*but the concern over doing that keeps me paranoid enough to always pay attention.
There are always safety concerns and i highly recommend the motorcycle safety courses if you're not sure what you are getting into.
I agree wholeheartedly. This is also the first bike I've ever owned. The considerations posted by others in this thread are VERY VALID
, however, and you should trust your gut on if you would be more comfortable with a used bike than a brand new bike of any kind.
Just two other things:
* Take the Motorcycle Safety Course before, BEFORE, BEFORE!! you buy a bike of any kind. You might find out you don't like riding motorcycles, as the MSF course makes you do a bunch of not-so-fun but important stuff like walking a bike around with your legs and learning how to work the clutch. We had someone decide riding wasn't for them, and it saved them a lot of money, and possibly pain, by finding this out in a 2 day course as opposed to underneath a car
The MSF course will also introduce you to some of the things already mentioned in this thread, like stalling the bike. You won't hurt yourself if you stall a 250cc Virago, but you will have learned to pull the clutch lever in before you come to a complete stop.
* I think the main reason I haven't done anything bad to my bike is because
it was brand new and expensive. I didn't want to drop it, and my mindset was "this is an expensive bike (for me), don't do something stupid." To this day, I take an extra second or two pulling away from tollbooths or intersections where there might be slippery deposits from other vehicles. Take an extra second to turn onto a roadway that might have gravel. I don't want to have a laydown because of something stupid, and this coupled with the psychological value of having a brand new bike keeps me from really squirreling out.
That being said, I'm sure I'll do a 5MPH lowside tomorrow and get parked on by a cager, while the driver is on the cell phone and beating their kids :squid: