Funny things bikes. If you'd just passed your car test, nobody would ask about buying a Lambo or 911 as a first car. However, new bikers seem to go for some Jap supersports like everyone else.
If really wanna R1, go for it. Though a few reasons why not include:
- You'll look uncool. Riding an R-this or GSXR-that like a newbie just doesn't look good. Yes, you will look like a newbie until you'be built up the miles (although the right advanced training can greatly speed up the process).
- More experienced bikers on 'lesser' machines will over take you. (When this happens more than once, you could have the odd moment thinking "I'm on an R1, they shouldn't be overtaking me on that Deauville, I'll show 'em" ... and end up dangerously over-cooking it.)
- It's a waste of your dosh. A new car driver is hardly gonna appreciate a Ferarri, so why is a new biker gonna appreciate an R1?
_ You'll save on bike price, insurance, etc. You can spend the saving on having an absolutely brilliant time broadening and deepening your expertise and enjoyment (biking holiday, race school, advanced training, etc).
- Biking should be about fun. You'll probably have more fun on something else. Go test ride an SV650 (excellent bike), CBR600F, ER6F or something like that. Then make your decision.
Test rides a wide range of different bikes. Then decide which is right for you. You might still go for that R1, but you could surprise yourself which you enjoy riding most