Grand Prix 250
Main Motorcycle: Bonneville T100
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Las Vegas
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I have always been in favor of hp restrictions here in the US for beginning riders. My son, who has never own a bike, got him one a couple of months ago, a GSXR1000, and it is scaring him and me to death. I wish we had the same restrictions that the Europeans have. I for one would vote for it.
I wouldn't. Why didn't he test drive it or start smaller instead of a liter sport bike?
I started with an 800cc cruiser and at first it was a ton of power but quickly became manageable and too little.
These restrictions don't make sense.
Common sense does.
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Moogs, this is a thorny issue that speaks to such fundamentals as freedom. I do however think the state is justified in restricting certain things for the greater good, for example, not allowing sale of alcohol to minors or not letting 13 year olds drive cars on the road..
To reiterate a point that can't be overstated:
Learning to ride on a "full size" bike can be successful and provide great satisfaction but it precludes the learning of some fundamental skills and joys accessible only to the rider of small bikes. Missing out on some of these fundamentals results in a shaky foundation that can never be properly shored up.
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