That said I have two trains of thought, get the bike i want right out of the gate and learn from it and get good with it, or buy a lower cc bike and get good and if I dump it I am not so heartbroken. Based on body style and a small amount of fear, I dont think anything over 750cc is a good idea. As such I really liked sitting on the CBR600rr and my cash and prizes didnt get the cram jam I felt on a Yamaha or a Suzuki. Costs of a CBR600rr arent in my range yet, but the 250 is. Asthetics of the bike itself are relative to the cbr600rr so I am not really turned away by that.
So is the old adage from my research still going on in the bike world? Buy lower, get good at it, get bigger when ready? Or a 600 is good enough to learn on?
Now I want to clear some questions.
Are bikes all setup relatively the same? Left side is gear and clutch, right side is braking and throttle?
First gear is down remainders are up?
Front braking is equal to rear braking?
You use the body to turn corners and counter stear?
Lane splitting is based on state to state and shouldn't be done unless seasoned veteran?
I am sorry for the noob questions but the more I know when I get one the better I will feel and less likely to make a gross error. I dont wanna be a grease spot on a hood.
thank you for your time
Absolutely do not start on a 600. It does not take much power to throw you on your ass. Lots of people seem to start out on the bigger bikes because they think they will "grow out of the smaller bike in 6 months". Trust me, the "pain" of buying a bike to learn on for 6 months is not a pain at all. True pain would be searching for weeks to find your dream bike, getting it, and then totaling it and crippling yourself on the first ride. Do not be afraid to buy and sell a bike in a short timespan. It won't kill you. Also, something you probably haven't realized yet, but many seasoned riders have is that riding a slow bike at its limits can be far more fun than a faster bike ridden in a way that gives you the same amount of speed. Riding a fast bike at its limits gets you arrested.
Consider a stepping stone such as the CBR 650F before jumping right into a 600 or 750+. You may end up liking it more..
Most bikes are setup the same. If you go back into the 60s and maybe 70s there are some bikes that flip around the clutch and brake, one example was my dad's 60s something Harley sprint 250. More recently there are bikes that may flip around the turn signal/horn locations, but the basic operating controls will all be in the same place.
First is down, all others are up, yes. If you click down a bunch of times from any other gear you should end up in 1st.
Front brakes offer FAR more braking power than the rear. Motorcycle classes seem to teach students to use the rear brake dominantly, which is incredibly stupid. My little brother recently took a motorcycle course and they taught him to come to a stop with his foot on the rear brake. I have tipped over on dirtbikes from coming to a stop with a foot on the pegs, and not being able to take that foot down on time. Sometimes the pegs can grab your boots.(pretty much only for the sharp pegs on dirtbikes)
Shifting your body position around does not turn the bike all that much. There was a test done with a bike that had the handlebars locked so they would not turn, and there was a passenger with their own set of handlebars just to hold on to. The passenger was able to hang WAY off the bike, and it really didn't turn that much. Most of your turning will be done by turning the wheel. At low speeds you turn the bars in the direction of the turn, at higher speeds you push the bars in the opposite direction. It comes pretty naturally, don't worry about it.
Lane splitting is legal in the rest of the civilized world.....and California. If you are elsewhere in the U.S., you are screwed. There is a firm resistance to lane splitting by car drivers and misguided people. If lane splitters kept their speed difference to only 10 mph, and only lane split up to 35 mph I could only imagine how much further lane splitting would have gotten, but people are irresponsible. Then that leads all the cars drivers to think that lane splitting means bikes flying between them at huge speed differences. Look what that got us. Apparently AAA lead an effort against legalizing lane splitting in Georgia, so i'm gonna make sure they never get any of my money.
Now, you have not discussed what type of riding you are planning to do. Carrollton is in the D-FW megaplex. When we visited the daughter in Kaufman, that meant freeway speeds ranging from 85 to zero mph. I do not recommend a small bike on high speed roads, but, some of our German riders find it fine (I suspect that the average German driver is more skilled than the average US driver).
Having been in Germany, I can verify this statement is far more true than you might think. German drivers are AMAZING. They actually pay attention, don't dick around on their phones, and generally don't suck at driving. American drivers suck, and they will continue to suck as they show no effort to improve, or take responsibility for their actions.