Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: City?, Saskatchewan, Canada
First bike discussion?
Ok, so I am obviously a newbie, please don't shoot me for being in the wrong place or just being plain wrong!
Second point, this is a serious question, not a stupid comment to try to wind people up, I am looking for solid advice from knowledgeable people, it's why I am here!
I grew up in England, on a farm, and had a 50cc bike that we thrashed the heck out of till it died back when I was a kid. I then decided that time had come for 4 wheels and stuck to that for a while, during which time I had a bunch of fast 4 wheeled stuff ( BMW 328i, Subaru WRX, now - in Canada a G35).
I have decided that a bike HAS to happen, I'm 6 foot 4 and above 225 lbs, I went to a bike show in 2005 and sat on a K1200s and have been TOTALLY in love with the K1200s/K1300s idea ever since, it fit like a glove! However having no road going experience don't see this ending well! (I have gotten over the whole speed bug thing, anything fast enough to double any speed limit in the country did that to me after a while.) Since moving here I have had access to a Yamaha YZ450F to play with off road, so i have continued some limited experience with bikes, plus a fast snowmobile at times too!
So it boils down to 2 questions, can I realistically get a K12 /K13 and get it HP restricted (like they are in some EU countries) till I get to feel that i'm 100% happy with it, then boost it back to full HP or does this require too much messing with the ECU, or as it's open roads and not much traffic up here, can I just learn with a modicum of sense?
Or 2nd more realistic option, is that I buy a 2002-2005 range VFR and get the ropes with that so I haven't gotten HUGE power and a $15k bike to cry over the first time I drop it? Or (for someone hooked on the full faring sport /tourer look, and a big guy) what would you recommend I look into for a first bike to go touring with?
Whatever will be will be, but, if it's alright with you folks, I'll have a kickass time while it happens