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is the sv 650 considered too much bike for my first bike ? ? ? now that is the question....
 

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All the close calls I've had could have happened on a bike any size.

The one instance where I came up on a turn way too quickly without realizing it, but nothing happened, could have ended up a lot worse on a bigger bike. Those things accelerate so quickly, and in the case of inline 4s so smoothly, that you may not realize how fast you're going.

Riding a friend's Z1000 it was a real struggle to stay even close to the 35 limit posted. Felt like I was standing still.
 

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I just coached a guy this past weekend, who swore up and down he was getting an R6... right up until the first day of riding on the range. :spank:
At least you and the class were able to talk him down off the R6. I wince everytime I see a recently-graduated student roll up on a shiny, new, full-on sportbike, and can't count the number of times those bikes already show evidence of having been down. :'(

Or - as happened recently with a former student who just had to have an 09 675 - I didn't even get to see the bike out (just at the dealership while they were PDI'ing it) because he high-sided it 9 days after he picked it up whilst riding, alone, on a very technical local road. :angry7:

I tend to advise my students to worry less about how many CCs their first bike has, but try to find something around 50hp. Enough oomph to get them where they need to go (and out of trouble, if necessary) but not enough juice to be unmanageable.
 
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