Hey guys, I've been riding for almost 10 years now and have mainly ridden small displacement bikes. There's a couple I'm friends with who ride a CBR1000rr and a ZX10r. For the most part, they're cool and we have a good time riding. However, I constantly get to hear "You need a bigger bike if you want to ride in our group" Well, I've ridden with their group which consists of pretty much all GSXR's and R6's. I'll tell you, it is no fun trying to keep up (and I refuse to ride like an idiot) They will be passing 1-2 cars at a time, going 90-120mph down 55mph country roads. They of course lose me when they start riding like that. Is this really what I'm missing out on...I think I'll pass...
Anyways, his wife owns the ZX10r which seems to be waaay too much bike for her. She's owned it for a few months now and broke her foot when it fell over on her because she can't support the bikes weight. Before that, she owned an R3 as a beginner bike but I already know her husband convinced her that it was just 'too slow'
They keep giving me 'reasons' to validate me 'needing' a bigger bike, like "That bike's dangerous for the type of riding you want to do" or "We just don't want to see you hurt, the suspension can't handle the turns on these roads"
Am I the only one that calls bs on this? I would like to eventually buy a larger displacement bike (something reasonable but not stupid) in the meantime, I have absolutely no issues riding with them and handling turns at reasonable speeds. I believe it is a very flickable bike and carves turns and I accept the fact that my CBR250 isn't going to be able to do 0-60 in 3 seconds. I guarantee I could stay on her rear wheel thru any turn. I've looked at bigger bikes, like the SV650 or FZ-07 but I really haven't found a bike that screams out to me.
This is so annoying, I'm almost to the point where I want to find new friends to ride with. When it is just us, his wife will be the leader of the pack and we do ride very sensibly. At this time, I really can't justify buying a larger bike...it would be 100% peer pressure.
My wife also owns a CBR250, but rides it much more seldom than I do. I think they have talked her into 'needing' a bigger bike...
That's my rant...sorry if this has been told 50 times already on here. I just refuse to accept the fact that I 'must' buy a big bike if I want to be accepted as a 'real' rider.
I say bs too….. After 55 years of getting around on two wheels, 51 of them on motorcycles, I have ridden all sizes of motorcycle from a nifty fifty to more than a litre, and can say that big bikes can be a buzz, but for a practical, economical day to day ride a quarter litre is all the bike you need. The biggest bike I have owned is a Honda CB350. Time was that I desired more, but having been there, done that with bigger machines I came to realise that it is chasing fantasy rather than dealing with the real world. Yeah, if you want a big toy, and can afford it, go for it. If you are happy with what you have for your needs, stick with it.
These days my daily ride for use within about a 8 - 10 mile radius of home is a bicycle. For longer journeys and weekends I have had a 1997, 100cc Honda Dream for the last 14 years, on which I did a 1,500 km trip last year. Travel times between places were in keeping with suggested times for a car on Google maps.
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"Bigger bikes are safer"….. Nonsense; safety is more about the attitude and awareness of the rider than the size of the bike. It is over 40 years since I had an accident on the road, where I err on the side of caution. Off road I sometimes push it a bit, albeit at lower speed. The odd off goes with the territory, but at lower speed on more forgiving terrain, a drop is less damaging to bike or rider….. Now that's fun you can't have on a big bike, even the big so called adventure bikes.