Many new riders decide to buy “low powered” 600ccs thinking they are as user friendly as a 250cc sportbike as their first bike. It’s a great excuse for a new rider to get the better looking and more powerful 600cc. So why not?
Many of these new riders try to be safety conscious. Even though they decide to do their spirited riding at a track, they don’t realize that they have bought a bike that may be a little too powerful for them to learn the basics on. You’re at the track riding fast down a straight away and slow down to enter a turn. All of a sudden, you hit a small bump, or rock not visible to you and you upset the balance and it causes you to twitch your right and a bit. Before you know it, you’re flying off your bike. Reasons for things like this happening are friends at the track with you that are more experienced. Everyone want’s to keep up, and its difficult to learn at your own pace when you have a bike that can do SO much more than what you know. Riding a 600 as a beginner takes a lot of discipline.
Till this day, I still recommend the Kawasaki Ninja 250 to new riders. And when I recommend that bike, I’m not referring to the new one either. The newer 250 is far more expensive, and while it looks nice, your heart will be broken when you drop that for the first time. Buy an older 250 that can be passed from newbie to newbie. It still has great resale value, and doesn’t cost much to keep when you buy your new bike.
The second thing is, new riders are less likely to buy nice gear which is a mistake most riders including myself make. Of course, not all the blame can be on the rider; gear is expensive! Most riders spent most of their money on their bike, and although they have money left over for gear, it’s not enough for quality gear. Remember, you get what you pay for. Those $30 jackets and $40 helmets aren’t going to do much to protect you unless you’re riding a bicycle. often times, they are not DOT/SNELL certified. Stick to brand names and stay away from gear that doesn’t have any certifications. Also, make sure you ask someone at the store to make sure you get the right fit. Gear that doesn’t fit is almost as no gear. I wear a full face helmet I use on my sport bikes for my Touring bike. Who cares if I don’t look as cool as the guy next to me. At least if I call, I’m going to be protected.