just a quick question,im getting my first bike soon and due to money id really only like to have to buy 1 bike to learn to ride on before i get a sportbike which ive allways wanted, id rather have a cb500 or similar to learn on for a year or 2 rather than a bigger sv650 or similar but im wandering if going from the 500 to a sportbike is to big a jump , ive heard lots of people saying you'll learn better and faster on a smaller bike so thats what id rather do so just looking for some opinions from people who have taken a similar path, thanks for any thoughts
Best path to a sport bike
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Your skills will develop best on a bike that does not vastly exceed your abilities. (Not that you would be able to insure such a machine easily anyway) The CB500 is ideal - they are fast enough to be good fun, they are reliable and handle well. Pick a good one and it won't cost you a fortune to run either. When you are looking beware of ex-training school bikes.
It's the kind of bike that you can spend a couple of years on while building up some experience and NCB before deciding on your next step.
Having said that the SV is not exactly an animal either and would still be a good bike to develop skills on. So would a 600 Bandit or Fazer although these bikes will be more expensive to run.
Honda CB600F Hornet does it all,well built, handles, it's quick, lightish and easy to get along with.
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Any 500 or 600 bike will do to start, I had a Bandit 600 after passing DAS and now also have a ZX6 (both old and cheap, I'm not minted!) I love the Bandit but it's a bloody heavy bike, the SV could be a good choice with it's slightly more sporty riding position. Good luck whichever way you go.
thanks guys , decisions decisions. think il try to test ride them
I find my biggest jumps in bike control come whenever i get a better bike, its like being thrown in the deep end, you either sink or swim, a very sporty bike will show up all kinds of flaws in your riding as soon as you start trying to give it some, you either fix those problems or go slow.
However not a good thing to start learning on, since your riding in general will be a problem for the bike, not just some parts of your riding haha!
SV650 is a great, if not the best learners sportsbike on the market imo. If you wanna really learn how to ride a bike though, get something with no torque what so ever, like an old 250 four stroke or better yet, a 2 stroke Again i suppose probably a sink or swim bike, ahhh feck it, stick to the sv650, my mates first bike was an sv650 and hes still riding that bike now!
Went from a YBR125 to this after passing my test. Wasn't sure about the riding position to start with and the power was a kick in the nuts, but after a few hours on it taking it easy and building up slowly, I haven't looked back! Awesome machine. Everyone's different mind, so weigh up your options carefully