If you’re thinking of getting into motorcycling, you may be tempted to run out and buy the biggest, fastest sports bike you can afford. It’s understandable. Those bikes are a blast, and many riders dream about owning that type of machine. Why settle for anything less?
There is a reason, though. You’re better off to start on a smaller bike, hone your skills, and then work your way up to the bike you really want. Just as a student driver in a car wouldn’t get behind the wheel of a Ferrari, you should start with something a little less powerful and easier to control. A lighter bike tends to be more nimble and it also stops more quickly, which can keep you safe.
Why is this important? Because motorcycle riding is a skill. If you’ve never done it before, there is naturally a lot to learn. You can do this safely on the smaller bike when you’re not thinking about speed or torque or anything else. You’re just thinking about safely and responsibly riding. When you have that down, you can then take those skills and apply them to a larger bike. You’ll still have to learn how to handle something so fun and powerful, but you’ll be able to do it because you’ll be building on the base of skills.
The reality, of course, is that putting safety first doesn’t always protect you. You may ride safely and carefully on a small starter bike and still get injured when another driver turns in front of you. Most accidents happen this way. If you get hurt, be sure you know how to seek compensation.