I am curious about something. I realize that the majority of riders on this forum are in Canada and overseas where there are different laws to getting a licence apparently. What I was wondering is that everyone always advised me to start no smaller than a 650 minimum because to get out on the highway with less horsepower than that is like trying to commit suicide. I live in the south in the US and the one thing that southerners do fast is drive like bats out of hell. In fact the only people driving slow down here are the Canadians and Yankees
So I was just wondering why most people on the forum tell new riders to get "small" bikes like 250s. I have only seen 1 250 on the road in all the time I have been riding and it was in town. not out on the highway. I started riding from no motorcycle background at all and no one here to help me (I did take the MSF course, I'm not stupid
) on an 800. I had a few nerveracking moments, but I love me bike and I am only 5'3 It is a perfect fit hight wise. Not really giving an opinion really, just curious as to why all the recommendations for smaller bikes because you HAVE to have the power to hang with traffic here and a small bike will get you killed just as fast as a more powerfull one, just in a different way.