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At the Lee Parks' ARC, one of my riding instructors made a point of saying how he started on big bikes, raced them for years, but didn't truly learn how to ride until he went back to smaller machines. Most people's egos and desires ( I want what I want NOW ) don't allow them to start out on a "girl's bike", like an EX 500 or an SV 650. For every guy who has natural talent and does well learning on a liter bike or supersport, there are 10 who either quietly give up the sport, crash ( and blame everything but their lack of ability ) or condemn the rest of their buddies to a lifetime of seeing them plod and wobble their way around corners and then WFO on the straights.
Know what they train on at Kenny Robert's ranch? XR 100's. That is how you learn to become a Grand Prix champion. And a better rider.
If you were my friend and we were having a beer, I would give you a list of used bikes that aren't as responsive, will be worth the same amount when you are done with them and ready to move up, and a lot cheaper to own and repair for that first drop when you parked it wrong, or slipped on gravel or whatever. Then I would make sure you took a rider training class because even if you think you know how to ride, you will learn something. I learned just how many bad habits I had in the first 10 minutes of the ARC.
Everyone else will say "go for it". And that's what group think does.
I wish you well either way.
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