Well first I guess I should describe myself a little bit. I'm a 24 year old working in the automotive industry, I pretty much never drive faster than 10km over speed limit (never ticketed in my life), and my main ride's a BMW 135i (300hp twin turbo) Convertible, not to boast but thought the power may be relevant to my post..
Now the tidbits:
I'm interested in getting into sportbikes but am looking towards getting a literbike as a first. Now I know that everyone says don't go for a literbike, too much to handle etc. I've honestly never been on a motorcycle (sans scooters). But I've never felt the need to go fast on public roads, ever. Now I just have a few questions, why is it that everyone recommends staying away from literbikes in general, to start. Is it because it can catapult you to dangerous speeds too easily? Higher weight? Harder to control? Because unless I'm mistaken, it's not the machine, but the rider that controls how fast you go. Personally I've never had a problem with keeping 300hp under control on my car, and I don't need to go fast to make myself feel cool, because I find it stupid and ignorant, when I want to go fast I do that at the mission raceway or at autocross at the least.
Is a literbike really too much to handle? Or is it just easier to get yourself hurt due to mistakes (panick/hit throttle etc). I do like thrills, when appropriate, but on public roads I'm like a domestic dog. I've been mountain biking all my life, I have a Can-AM Outlander 800R EFI ATV and my 135i (which I kept waxed even in the winter!) I love vehicles but I don't necessarily like to go fast. I have been known to be quite the lead foot at the race track though, because hey, thats what tracks are for aren't they (within reason of course)? I plan on getting the bike as a weekend hobby, and i'll be looking at one with abs / traction control. I do plan on going to superbike courses after I'm more familiar with my bike after a year or two. I'm registering for the pacific riding school program as I type this post!
Sorry for the long post, I thought it may help readers if they know a little bit about myself.
tl;dr is basically, responsible driver wants to get into literbike, is it really too much?
I've read most of the posts in this thread: http://www.bcsportbikes.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=93844
and personally I am not against the idea of picking up a used cbr or something similar if really, everyone recommends it, I plan on talking with my instructors about this subject as well when I take my riding course at pacific riding school.