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Old 11-04-2009, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by lizhnik View Post
But going back to the original idea - you don't think that these bikes that will do 0-60 in under 4 seconds are too much for a beginner? And weight-wise, they're still in the low 400 range. I'm assuming that's not considered heavy...?
That was a great comparo article... thanks... tagged that one for later deep perusal for my girlfriend (she's looking at buying a bike, too... her first).

Anyway, simply put you don't HAVE to ride it like a maniac. All of these bikes share one common trait; that they're really docile in low speed handling and are light enough to be tossable. Just because they CAN accelerate that fast, doesn't mean you need to use every degree of turn in the throttle. Not any more than you need to floor the gas pedal at every light (and if you do, please don't complain about your gas mileage )

I ride a 155hp monster. Sure she's heavy at 680lbs or so, but even with my carcass on top of it in full gear we probably tip the scales at about 850lbs. That's 5lbs per hp... for comparison an M3 has 8lbs per hp so in theory is only 60% as powerful as my bike, relatively speaking. However, around town and at low speeds it's one of the most docile bikes I've ever ridden.

And yes, I have had the front wheel off the ground on more than one occasion... just because I can doesn't mean I make a habit of it
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