Hey, My name is Nick, I'm 18 (doesn't mean I'm unsafe and stupid!!!!) and I'm new here (although i been browsing / reading threads here for awhile ) Anyways, I'm deciding on getting a new bike and yes, I understand starting off on a 250 / 500 is a better choice, but I'm just really not inclined for it (I'm narrow-minded ). I did some browsing and I heard that the CBR F4i is fairly forgiving and it's a decent learners 600cc bike. I'm rather short (only 5' 8") and small (130ish lbs) - think I can handle it? If not, which 600 bike or am I gonna have to face reality and hit a 250 to start off?
I'll be going to PRS first of course.
If I do choose to get the CBR F4i, which year is a good one? I'm looking towards the one's with the digital readouts, rather than pure analog displays. Also, what are essential modifications that I should look for, especially for a begineers bike? ( vortex frame sliders... etc?) Around what price range / km is a good deal?
Lastly, as for gear, is it neccessary to get the pants too for daily riding? I understand it's a lot safer but if I'm just going to the mall or to my frds house, would jeans cut it? Any suggestions for helmet, gloves, and jackets? Are boots a must?
Thanks for those who can answer my million questions. suggestions highly recommended