through the years of riding experiences, every year I meet many people who are interested in getting into motorcycling.
The first question people usually ask me is: "What do you think about the brand new R6, or the 600RR? they look sooooo nice!" then I tell them about the pros and cons that you can easily read in this new riders Q & A section.
Then they start asking: "ohh, then what's the approximate cost to start riding?" I start breaking down the costs into "motorcycle course", "gear", "used bike or brand new bike costs".....The question they would ask would be, then how much would be a nice condition 05 600RR cost? i say....well maybe $7000-$8000? then they start thinking....hmmm this might be do-able with the cash they got.......then they ask how much would the motorcycle course be. I said around $600-$750 depending on which school you go to. Most of them just freak out right when I tell them the cost of the motorcycle school.
WTF is this? My concern is, if you have got enough cash to buy a $8000 bike, yet you are cheaping out to taking a $600 course that may possibly save your life? or at least reduce the chances of you dropping your new toy?
and for all of you think that you newbies are thinking that you will just buy a bike first, then take the course.....I will tell you that it's not the most appropriate decision. A lot of my friends are thinking like that. I'd say at least 90% of them are just talkers who ain't never gonna buy a bike because of this and that wutsoever. Riding a bike is like riding a bicycle, you WON'T forget about how to ride a bike after you take your course given a reasonable amount of time. However, what you learn in school will give you a different perspective in looking at motorcycling. at least your instructor will give you a true opinion on the dream bike that you're thinking of buying. (last time i heard a newbie riding RC51 joining a newbie ride and he was slower than a Ninja 500.......stop humiliating yourself!)
even though i think the motorcycle course is not cheap, I think it is totally worth it. for the most of the cases, you don't have no buddies that will lend you their R6 for you to learn on. secondly, motorcycle school lend you their bike to learn on.....and it's OK to drop it. HEY try dropping your R6, it will cost you more than $600 VERY VERY easily! (and even if you buy your new bike first, please don't use your brand new R6 to practice in the parking lot. again, please stop humiliating yourself.....!!)