i'm paul .. here's my serious tho perhaps naive question & i am after a serious response.
is a '05 suzuki gsx-r1000 too much bike for a guy w/ 1 years riding experience on a hardtail, ironhead harley xlh .. 4 spd, 1000cc, rough & old school handling w/ apehangers, no less .. abt 60 horses .. torguey as all f**k .. stripped pretty bare, so not too heavy .. which i ride hard .. oh, & learned on a buell blast single cyl 492cc 5 speed ...
on paper it wld appear a poor intro, esp. to sportbikes .. i am 39 & weigh 180 at 5'10" .. the ergos feel awesome on these new sportbikes .. i am not a *cruiser* guy .. it just so happened i got the old sporty ..
i am addicted to the power, pull & wind .. i am VERY comfortable manouvering slowly & have great balance .. i ride a bmx for kicks ..
now all of this may have no bearing on conventional applicability to sportsbike riding, but i thought i'd supply all i think i have going for me.
yr input & considerations are highly respected & appreciated.
also, i read the things abt 600 sportbikes & totally appreciated the cautionary info.